In­juries pile up as Oviedo ruled out

The Chronicle - - Safc -

BRYAN Oviedo will be out of ac­tion un­til Christ­mas as Sun­der­land’s in­jury prob­lems con­tinue to mount.

Oviedo limped off in the sec­ond half of Sun­der­land’s home de­feat against Read­ing last week­end with a ham­string prob­lem.

In his ab­sence, on-loan Ever­ton de­fender Bren­dan Gal­loway is likely to start at Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers this week­end.

Mid­fielder Paddy McNair will also miss out on the trip to Mo­lineux due to the groin in­jury he picked up in the warm-up ahead of the Read­ing game.

Di­dier Ndong and Billy Jones are back in train­ing but not yet ready to re­turn.

With Cal­lum McMana­man serv­ing a one-match ban due to his red card against Read­ing, and with Dun­can Wat­more, Lamine Kone, Jonny Wil­liams, and Jack Rod­well, al­ready ruled out through in­jury, Chris Cole­man is down to the bare bones.

“As far as play­ers com­ing back from in­jury are concerned, the ear­li­est one will prob­a­bly be Paddy McNair in the mid­dle of next week,” he said.

“Bryan Oviedo is go­ing to be out for an­other two or three weeks, Di­dier Ndong and Billy Jones did a light train­ing ses­sion with us to­day which was very pos­i­tive and a step for­ward but they are not ready yet.

“Then you’ve got the longter­m­ers like Dun­can and Jonny.

“Lamine Kone will be four to six weeks maybe, Jack maybe an­other week. And of course it is a shame Cal­lum is sus­pended.

“It feels as though it is bad news af­ter bad news at the mo­ment, but we have to keep be­liev­ing.

“We have to try and turn things round on the pitch with what we have al­ready got, at least un­til we reach the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.”

Cole­man will at least have striker James Vaughan avail­able again af­ter he was forced to sit out the game against Read­ing through sus­pen­sion, af­ter pick­ing up his fifth yel­low card of the sea­son in the win at Bur­ton Al­bion.

Bryan Oviedo will not play un­til af­ter Christ­mas

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