Sunderland already have their Charlie Wyke replacement in Aiden McGeady

According to reports in The Chronicle, Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke could be out of action for up to two months with suspected ligament damage, but rather than needing to delve into the free-agent market to cover his absence, the Black Cats already have the ideal replacement within their squad in Aiden McGeady.

What’s the word, then?

Well, summer addition Wyke suffered a knee injury during the loss against Burton Albion at the weekend which will potentially keep him on the sidelines until November.

It is certainly a huge blow for manager Jack Ross seeing as he had already been without the 25-year-old for their opening five League One fixtures this term, with the centre-forward scoring on his debut in the 1-1 draw against Oxford United at the Stadium of Light last month.

Ross must now find a solution over the course of the next few weeks in order to try and keep his team in the promotion race, with Josh Maja and Jerome Sinclair – who only made his first start against Burton – their only out-and-out strikers available.

What is the solution?

While Sunderland will probably be linked with a number of free-agent strikers over the next few days, they already have the answer to the issue in the form of winger McGeady.

The 32-year-old only returned to action himself at the Pirelli Stadium following an injury lay-off and got himself an assist for Chris Maguire in his 39 minutes on the pitch as a substitute, but with plenty of competition for places out wide, the Republic of Ireland international should be utilised through the middle instead.

A record of 16 goals in 82 Championship appearances proves his goalscoring abilities – considering the majority of those outings would have come from out wide – and Ross should use the tricky Irishman as Wyke’s ideal replacement over the course of the next few fixtures.