Sunderland will go into their clash with QPR at the weekend with just one fit centre-back. Chris Coleman confirmed the news today as he also revealed that Tyias Browning will miss the rest of the campaign. The on-loan defender has suffered a groin injury which will rule him out of action until the summer.
So what next for the Everton man?
When Browning made his Everton debut v Liverpool in September 2014 he did so amongst a lot of excitement regarding his ability.
Capable at right-back, where he made his debut, he was always destined to become a central defender owing to his impressive strength.
Unfortunately, Browning’s career has been marred by injuries. Back in December 2015 he went under the knife for a knee injury. The subsequent recovery saw Browning out of action for over a year.
With first-team opportunities unlikely he was sent to Preston North End on loan, where he played eight times. In the summer he headed to Sunderland, following his former Preston boss Simon Grayson. But it has been far from a success.
Browning has been a regular in the Sunderland side but has hardly impressed fans at the Stadium of Light. He has struggled for form all season with the Black Cats staring at potential relegation from the Championship as the league’s basement club.
This latest injury setback will not help give Everton assurances that Browning has what it takes to be a first-team asset. At 23-years-old the time has come for Browning to be a regular player at Goodison Park or move on.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2019. But given his injury and his poor campaign for Sunderland it would not be a surprise to see him moved on by Everton in the summer.