Sunderland have been dealt a blow regarding the fitness of Lynden Gooch ahead of their upcoming League One fixture.
In recent comments cited by the Sunderland Echo, Lee Johnson revealed that the Black Cats winger, who missed Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers due to a foot injury, looks likely to once again be unavailable for selection for the visit of Cheltenham Town this Tuesday.
Speaking about the current condition of the 25-year-old, Johnson said: “I don’t think it’s that serious. He picked up a knock in training before the Fleetwood game on the top of the foot. More than likely that’s been deferred to the bottom of the foot.
“It’s just started to cause him a bit of a problem. I would expect him to be out for Tuesday night, and then potentially to be back for Saturday or then Lincoln in the Papa John’s on Tuesday.”
While Johnson is not exactly short of options in the wide attacking areas of his squad, with the likes of Aiden McGeady, Aiden O’Brien, Leon Dajaku, Nathan Broadhead, Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka all capable of operating from either flank, the continued absence of Gooch will undoubtedly have left the 40-year-old gutted.
Indeed, the USA international appears to be an important part of the manager’s plans this season, with the winger starting all seven of the League One fixtures he has been available for.
Having said this, with Gooch having failed to hit the back of the net so far this season, as well as providing his teammates with just one assist, perhaps the 25-year-old’s injury will allow for one of the Sunderland supporting cast to stake a claim for a regular starting spot in Johnson’s side.
Either way, the injury to Gooch will have come as a blow to the Mackems boss, who will certainly be hoping his side can continue their fantastic early-season form with a win over the Robins on Tuesday.