The Sunderland manager has provided a fresh update on the status of winger Aiden McGeady…
Lee Johnson has confirmed that McGeady missed the 4-0 defeat to Portsmouth with an ankle injury.
The Black Cats head coach, via The Chronicle’s James Hunter, cited an ‘ankle problem’ for his absence and did not specify how long he will be out of action.
Sunderland fans will surely be gutted by this news. For starters, they missed his quality against Pompey as Leon Dajaku and Aiden O’Brien struggled at Fratton Park, recording SofaScore ratings of 6.4 and 6.1 respectively – managing one key pass between them.
McGeady, at the age of 35, has been one of the club’s standouts in League One this season. He has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.21, producing two goals and three assists in nine starts, whilst averaging an impressive 2.6 key passes per game. This highlights his ability on the ball and outlines why he could have made a difference against Portsmouth.
Speaking after a game in 2019, ex-Black Cats boss Jack Ross lauded the Irishman’s quality. He told the Chronicle Live:
“I thought he was bright today. He is the type of player who responds well to other players coming into the club and the challenge of proving the quality he has.
“In the first half I thought we were too short and too narrow in terms of how we made the pitch, so in the second half we widened and lengthened it a bit and that’s where the goal comes from. You had the execution of the pass from Grant [Leadbitter], but then you need that bit of special quality and Aiden has done that a lot for us this season.”
This aligns with his form this campaign and illustrates why fans will be gutted at this injury update from Johnson.
The fact that no timeline has been given on his return could also cause them to worry as it remains to be seen how long he will be out for. Although, after their clash with Gillingham in midweek, Sunderland will have two weeks off because of the international break.
That could give the Irishman time to get himself fit and ready for action.