Phil Parkinson gives positive injury update on Joel Lynch and Charlie Wyke
Joel Lynch will not be available to face Ipswich Town this weekend, but Sunderland are confident that he has not sustained any serious injuries.
Lynch was knocked unconscious at Fratton Park last weekend after a collision with goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin during the 2-0 defeat.
He was immediately taken out of the ground on a stretcher but regained consciousness before going to the hospital for tests.
The initial results were positive, and Lynch returned to the training ground on Thursday with the club confident that he is recovering well.
He has also undergone scans for potential knee and rib issues, but again, Parkinson believes that the problems are not as bad as they could have been.
“He won't be available for the weekend,” Parkinson said.
“With concussion there's a protocol you've got to follow which is six or seven days but the impact of the injury to the ribs, he's got a problem there. He's had that x-rayed and that looks OK.
“He also had a slight issue to his knee when he fell, so there's a few issues going on but I think we've got away with it, it's not as bad as it could have been.
“It was very concerning at the time but he's back at the training ground today and we've just got to get him ready for next week.”
Charlie Wyke is a doubt for the visit of Paul Lambert’s side after picking of a shoulder injury last weekend.
A collision with goalkeeper Alex Bass worsened an existing problem, but after a scan Parkinson believes the club have again been fortunate.
He has not yet been ruled out of contention.
“Charlie has had a scan this week as well and we'll just see how that is heading into the weekend,” he said.
“There was some swelling in the joint but once again, I think we've been lucky that it wasn't worse.
“He went into the game with a slight problem in the shoulder and then the impact with the goalkeeper and the way he fell just damaged it even more.
“But at the moment, that looks like good news as well.”