Lee Johnson has provided an injury update on Sunderland defender Frederick Alves.
As per Phil Smith of the Sunderland Echo, Black Cats manager Lee Johnson has given a key update on centre-back Frederik Alves following the defender’s early exit from the League Cup victory over Blackpool on Tuesday night.
Alves was forced off with 14 minutes to go and Johnson has said that Sunderland are hopeful it was just a case of cramp, with the club having no serious injury concerns over him at this moment in time.
Sunderland fans will surely be relieved to read this update from Johnson. Seeing a player, particularly a centre-back, hobble off with 14 minutes to go is never a good sign and you could excuse supporters for fearing that the youngster had suffered a significant blow.
Instead, it appears as though it was just cramp and that he could be available for selection when League One action kicks off again this weekend against Wycombe at the Stadium of Light.
Alves put in a great shift in his 76 minutes against Blackpool. He was given a SofaScore rating of 7.1, as he made five clearances, four interceptions, one tackle and two blocks whilst also winning three of his four duels.
This shows that he has the ability to put in an impressive display against a Championship outfit. Upon Alves’ arrival at the club, Johnson was effusive in his praise of the defender as he called him a ‘high-quality’ player.
“Frederik is a player that we have followed closely throughout the past six months, so we are delighted to welcome him to the club.
“He’s a high-quality footballer, and an Under-21 international, and this is a great opportunity for him to continue his development at senior level, having experienced regular first-team action during his time in Denmark. He is good on the ball, tall and mobile and we now have real strength in depth in central defence.”
These quotes from Johnson, along with the defender’s showing versus Blackpool, suggest that he could be a quality option for Sunderland to call upon in the third tier this season.
This is why fans will be relieved to read that he is not likely to be out for a significant length of time, as he can now continue to push Callum Doyle and Tom Flanagan for a starting spot in the weeks to come.