Burton Albion dealt massive injury blow ahead of Sunderland clash

Burton Albion winger Lloyd Dyer has been ruled out of the Sunderland game.
Burton Albion winger Lloyd Dyer has been ruled out of the Sunderland game.
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Sunderland have enough injury problems of their own but Saturday’s opponents Burton Albion will be without their top scorer.

Winger Lloyd Dyer has been ruled out of the bottom-of-the-table Championship clash at the Stadium of Light with a hamstring injury.

Boss Nigel Clough has ruled him out, with Burton also struggling with other injury problems.

“He’s definitely not in contention for this weekend – we will have to see how he is after that,” revealed Clough.

Ex-Sunderland striker Darren Bent is expected to be involved for Burton, who go into the game on the back of the 3-1 win over Derby County.

Tom Naylor (thigh strain), Marvin Sordell (ankle) and Damien McCrory (hamstring) are also doubts.

Clough added: “We only had 12 or 13 training Tuesday.

“There was a few more Wednesday and we are waiting on Tom, Damien and Marvin.

“Darren Bent will be back available and will return to the squad.

“We are also hoping that everyone will come through who played last Saturday.

“Ben Turner and Kyle McFadzean got knocks so there are one or two carrying things. Jacob Davenport came off with a knock as well.

“We will have to see how they are.”

Basement side Sunderland could be relegated if they drop points against second bottom Burton, also in danger of League One football next season.

Chris Coleman will be without Lynden Gooch and Joel Asoro for the rest of the season.

Donald Love will also be missing for the final three games of Sunderland’s bid to stave off relegation from the Championship, alongside loanee Jonny Williams.

Goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter had already been ruled for the rest of the campaign with a finger injury.

John O’Shea and Adam Matthews both missed the trip to Reading, with Coleman sweating on their availability ahead of the weekend.