Phil Parkinson gives positive Sunderland injury update as preparation for crunch Gillingham clash steps up

Charlie Wyke is in contention to feature for Sunderland this weekend after making a successful return to training this week.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 12:05 pm

Wyke has missed the vast majority of Phil Parkinson’s tenure so far, picked to lead the line for his first game against Wycombe Wanderers before picking up an ankle problem that forced him off at half-time.

Sunderland have struggled in front of goal since then, with the 26-year-old expected to form a key part of the new manager’s plans when he returns.

Wyke returned to training on Tuesday, with Parkinson set to make a decision later in the week as to whether the striker is ready to be part of his matchday squad.

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Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke is closing in on a return to action

The Black Cats travel to Gillingham this weekend for a crunch League One clash, having fallen considerably off the promotion pace with a desperately poor run of results.

Parkinson could laso be abe to call upon Marc McNulty.

The Reading loanee has struggled throughout the season with a hamstring problem. Parkinson sent the striker for a scan before the break, which came back clear and suggested the problem was coming from his back, something the club are confident they can manage.

“Charlie and Marc came through their first training session yesterday without any problems, which is really good news.

"We'll monitor them between now and the weekend but unless there are any issues, they should be involved in some way at Gillingham.”

Lynden Gooch remains a key absentee for Parkinson as he continues his comeback from an ankle problem picked up in the 5-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in October.