Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher is facing a lengthy spell out of the game after it was revealed that his Achilles problem is worse than expected.
Steven Fletcher, who missed Sunderland’s win over Newcastle in the derby at the weekend, has been struggling with an Achilles injury for a number of weeks. Now, manager Gus Poyet has revealed that the club are concerned about the problem with the striker consulting a specialist.
Poyet told Shields Gazette
“It’s affecting him more than I thought.
“I’m a bit worried about it. We’re analysing it with the medical staff. But we’re going to have to make a decision one way or the other.
“We’ll have to look at the games ahead and the chance of rest in between, but we’ll need to make a strong decision.”
An ankle injury kept Fletcher out of the start of the season and in interrupted campaign has meant he has yet to get in to his stride this year, finding the net on only three occasions.
It is also thought that his injury will scupper any chances of Sheffield Wednesday being able to sign Connor Wickham on loan again as he will be kept at the Stadium of Light to cover for Fletcher.
“It probably makes it more likely that Connor will stay for longer.
“Connor has got plenty of admirers, you can’t imagine how many.
“But he wasn’t going anywhere on loan before the transfer deadline.
“He’s part of the squad and he’s done very well at Sheffield. That’s why he’s got so many options.
“But at the same time, he’s our player.
“He’s been on the bench for the last two games and he would have come on against Stoke, if Phil Bardsley hadn’t got injured, which changed my plans.
“The decision at the moment is that he’s our player and we need him here.”