Following on from their 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, Sunderland have been dealt yet another injury blow that could be a setback for their promotion charge.
Speaking after the Plymouth game, Black Cats manager Lee Johnson said that Lynden Gooch picked up a groin strain in the match that forced him off the pitch and that “he will probably be fit for training on Tuesday or out for three or four weeks.”
Given the current lack of clarity around the severity of Gooch’s injury, it’s easy to see why the Northern Echo have said that Sunderland are still sweating over his fitness.
In addition to this, given the significant number of other Sunderland players currently out injured such as Luke O’Nien, Denver Hume, Dennis Cirkin, Aiden McGeady, Jordan Willis and Niall Huggins, it’s safe to say that it would be a big blow for Sunderland if Gooch’s injury is a serious one and isn’t able to play for the next few weeks, which would surely leave a lot of fans fuming.
Since joining the Wearside club’s U18 side back in the 2012 summer transfer window from Santa Cruz Breakers Academy, Gooch has gone on to make a total of 185 appearances for Sunderland across all competitions in which he has managed to score 23 goals and provide 33 assists along the way.
This season has seen the winger earn himself an overall rating of 6.86/10 for his performances in the 16 League One appearances he’s made, putting him in the top ten of Sunderland’s highest-rated players according to WhoScored.
Prior to the Plymouth game, Gooch had managed to provide three assists in his previous three league games, showing the good run of form he was on and why it’s so unfortunate for him to have picked up this groin issue.
Moving forward, even though Sunderland don’t have a midweek league game this week, Johnson and everyone else at the club will have their fingers crossed and be hoping that Gooch’s injury issue isn’t a serious one and that he will be available for their next game against Ipswich Town at the weekend, so their promotion hopes aren’t knocked.