Sunderland star a doubt for Swansea clash

Connor Wickham
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CONNOR Wickham will undergo a scan on his calf today after withdrawing at the last minute from Sunderland’s FA Cup triumph at Fulham.

Wickham sustained an injury during the warm-up before last night’s fourth round replay at Fulham and was forced to pull out, with Steven Fletcher taking the place of the 21-year-old in the starting line-up.

The £8million frontman will be assessed today, but is already a major doubt for this weekend’s trip to Swansea.

However, Jack Rodwell - who suffered a minor injury during a training session yesterday morning - should be fit for the clash at the Liberty Stadium.

Head coach Gus Poyet said: “Connor got injured in the warm-up with a calf. He’ll have a scan today.”

However, the withdrawal of Wickham didn’t faze Sunderland, as they utterly dominated proceedings - both before and after Fulham took the lead against the run of play during the first half.

It took a catastrophic own goal from Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli for Sunderland to draw level, but a stunning strike from Ricky Alvarez, followed by a stoppage time penalty from Jordi Gomez secured a fifth round trip to Bradford.

Poyet said: “I wasn’t worried (at half-time). I was just thinking how unfair football is.

“We were the better team by far, we were creating and controlling the ball. We didn’t allow Fulham to play the way they like to play.

“But we conceded a very strange goal.

“I just wanted the players to believe that something would happen.

“We probably needed a goal like that (the equaliser).

“From our point of view, it was a game we needed to get back to a certain way of passing the ball and controlling it.

“We found our passing. We didn’t find the last one in the first half, but the idea was to keep doing the same.

“Then the result should be a consequence.

“But something needed to happen and that goal changed the game for us.

“Overall though, I really enjoyed it.

“I don’t think I’ve said it once this year, but I really enjoyed watching the team.”