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'Anywhere between two and six weeks': Lee Johnson faces anxious wait on Sunderland star's fitness

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson faces an anxious wait on the scale of Nathan Broadhead’s hamstring problem.

The 23-year-old was impressive on Tuesday night as the Black Cats went top of League One with a 5-0 win over Cheltenham.

Bailey Wright opened the scoring for Sunderland in the 11th minute before Ross Stewart netted twice before the 40-minute mark.

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Luke O’Nien and Leon Dajaku then scored within moments of each other in the 65th and 66th minutes.

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And while Broadhead didn’t get on the scoresheet, he gave Cheltenham a torrid time and contributed to three of Sunderland’s goals.

He dummied the ball and let it run to Stewart for the second goal, then found Aiden McGeady, who in turn set up Stewart for the third.

And for Dajaku’s goal, Broadhead forced a save which his teammate curled home on the rebound.

Throughout the game, the Everton loanee made good runs and showed great composure in possession.

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However, Broadhead had to be withdrawn in the latter stages of the game, and is now set for a scan ahead of the Portsmouth clash.

“The good news is that Nathan has felt better having slept on it,” Johnson told the Sunderland website.

“And he will have a scan before the Portsmouth game.

“He was really frustrated having to come off after playing so well on the night – he performed magnificently.

“The reality of the issue is that it could be anywhere between two and six weeks if there is muscle damage.”

Meanwhile, Denver Hume “has a possibility” to be available for next Tuesday at Lincoln.

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