Sunderland monitoring two key injury doubts as Phil Parkinson discusses his selection dilemma for Coventry clash

Sunderland are monitoring the fitness of Charlie Wyke and Lynden Gooch ahead of this weekend’s crucial clash with Coventry City.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 28th February 2020, 2:31 pm

The pair have minor injuries, with Phil Parkinson likely to make a late call on their availability for the game at St Andrews on Sunday.

Parkinson is weighing up making changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

While thrilled with the late equaliser that rescued what could prove to be a crucial point, Parkinson was left disappointment with his side’s start to the game, something he attributed to ‘overconfidence’, particularly in possession.

Lynden Gooch is a minor doubt for Sunderland's clash with Coventry on Sunday

The Sunderland boss is likely nevertheless to keep faith with the core of the team who have performed so consistently in recent weeks.

“We talk about it as a staff,” he said.

“We had a reserve game on Wednesday where Lafferty, Grigg, Semenyo, Scowen and Benji all scored goals, which was great.

“We just look at it on a game-to-game to basis.

“Charlie has got a bit of a tight back, Goochy's groin is a bit tight, we've just got to make sure they're right before we name the team because we've got confidence in the other lads.

“But we have been playing very well and the lads in the team have been producing.”

Parkinson has a number of players pushing for greater gametime, many of whom were involved in that equalising goal earlier this week.

They all featured in that behind-closed-doors friendly at the Academy of Light on Wednesday, in which a Sunderland side beat Carlisle United 5-2.

As well as the goalscorers mentioned, Tommy Smith and Declan John also played an hour as they bid to improve their match sharpness.

Joel Lynch was also involved as he recovers from a rib injury.

All the lads played 60 minutes and then we put the U23s on.

I was pleased with the game because they've got to be played at right intensity or its pointless.

We got the physical data back and all the lads had a real go and we'll get a huge benefit from it going forwards.