Positive injury news for Sunderland ace Wickham

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CONNOR Wickham is expected to shake off the knock which saw him withdrawn at the interval at White Hart Lane.

The Sunderland striker received treatment to his knee midway through the first half of yesterday’s 1-0 defeat against Spurs after falling awkwardly in a challenge with England full-back Kyle Walker.

Sunderland were understandably concerned at the extent of the damage after the 18-year-old only returned from a five-week lay-off against Blackburn eight days ago following a knee ligament injury.

As a precaution, Wickham was replaced at the break by Nicklas Bendtner, but the £8million summer signing is not thought to have suffered any significant damage.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill said: “I think Connor is going to be OK. He went down in the first half, but recovered.

“But he’s done very little work. He played in the game last week for us, but he’d only had two days training at that stage.

“This week, we’ve been trying to do a little bit more, but we don’t want to push things too much.

“In time though, he’s going to be a fine player.”