Lee Johnson gives injury updates on Sunderland duo Bailey Wright and Callum McFadzean
Bailey Wright is facing two to three weeks on the sidelines with a small calf tear.
Wright was substituted during the penalty shootout win over Lincoln City earlier this week and was absent as the Black Cats secured a 3-0 win over Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The influential central defender now faces a race to be fit for the final of the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley on March 14th.
Callum McFadzean was also absent from Saturday’s win as he undergoes the concussion protocols following the Papa John’s semi final.“Callum was out because of the concussion protocols, so that was a bit frustrating that one,” Johnson said.
"You’ve got to do the right thing by the player, and the doctors have a lot of power now, rightly so.
"In terms of Bailey Wright, he’s going to be out for two or three weeks with a small tear to a part of his calf.”
Tom Flanagan and Oliver Younger are both expected to return to training this week, but it is highly unlikely that either will be available when Fleetwood Town visit the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
Johnson was to that end thrilled with the response of his team as they produced an excellent performance in a 3-4-3 system.
Both Luke O’Nien and Lynden Gooch were asked to play in unfamiliar roles and produced strong performances, with Gooch getting on the scoresheet with a stunning strike from long range.
“The boys’ attitude has been great,” Johnson said.
"If there had been any dissent in asking players to play in different positions, we wouldn’t have been able to do it. I think they’ve enjoyed it. They rolled their sleeves up in a really difficult game, on a difficult pitch, against a side that are fighting for their lives.
"It was really good work today as a whole. Everybody can go home and enjoy their day off tomorrow, but come Monday we’ll be back to it because we’ve got a big game on Tuesday.”
Simon Grayson’s Fleetwood drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, after Paddy Madden’s strike cancelled out an early Jayden Stockley goal.