Sunderland have been handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s League One showdown with Wycombe Wanderers, as several key Wycombe players could miss the match through illness.
As reported by The Shields Gazette, The Chairboys expect to be without at least three first team players because of an illness that has spread through the camp.
Currently toiling in 12th place having lost their last four games in a row, things are going from bad to worse for the men in blue.
“If there’s one black mark against this week’s training it’s the lack of players,” said manager Gareth Ainsworth, speaking on his side’s efforts through the week.
“We’ve had a few off ill just two days before the game now so we are struggling for the full squad to be fit,” he continued, as reported by The Shields Gazette.
“I think there’s going to be two or three who won’t be able to start.”
Well, the Black Cats travel to Adams Park on Saturday fresh off the back of their Checkatrade Trophy success.
After a difficult patch of form around the turn of the year, Jack Ross’ side have now won four on the bounce in all competitions, and that form should continue if Ainsworth’s comments are anything to go by.
While of course there could be some mind games involved from the Wycombe boss, his last comment sounds like it is indeed important first team players, regular starters even, who are struggling with illness.
With four wins in a row and clean sheets in three of those games, Sunderland should be raring to go against a fractured and declining Chairboys squad.
If fans weren’t already looking forward to a Saturday trip down south, they certainly will be now after Ainsworth’s comments.