Injury News: Grigg leaves international duty with ankle problem

Sunderland are sweating over the fitness of Will Grigg, after the striker suffered an ankle injury on international duty.

What’s the story?

According to The Sunderland Echo, Grigg will not take part in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Estonia and Belarus.

The 27 year-old did not feature in training for his international side on Wednesday, and is expected to return to Wearside.

Sunderland of course will be hoping it is nothing serious, as the Black Cats face a gruelling schedule after the Checkatrade Trophy final with eight League One games in the month of April.

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Promotion in jeopardy

Let’s put it this way: If Grigg is seriously injured, Sunderland will not get promoted.

Sitting two points behind Barnsley with a game in hand, Jack Ross’ side need to put together a flawless run to charge into the automatic promotion spots, and doing so without their only real goalscorer will be incredibly difficult.

Grigg has netted three times and added two assists since his arrival on Wearside, and Charlie Wyke has shown on multiple occasions that he is not good enough to carry the goalscoring load.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill says the injury is “an ongoing problem that he’s had for some time”, so fans will have to hope and pray that he hasn’t worsened it on international duty.

If he has done exactly that, the setback could end Sunderland’s quest to jump back into the Championship.