Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has bemoaned a triple whammy of injuries, The Sunderland Echo reports.
The Black Cats lost 3-0 in the EFL Trophy against Scunthorpe United. Parkinson’s men ended the match with 10 players after Luke O’Nien was sent off. And the Sunderland boss blamed injuries for this result.
Joel Lynch had to come off during the game. He was replaced at half-time by Laurens De Bock. Meanwhile, his central defensive partner Jordan Willis was playing through an injury. Parkinson added that striker Will Grigg missed the match through illness.
Parkinson on Sunderland’s injury concerns
Parkinson told The Sunderland Echo: “Lynchy has come off, Griggy pulled out this morning with sickness, we’ve got Jordan Willis playing and he shouldn’t be out there really, he’ll need an injection tomorrow.
“We’ve got to regroup as a squad, patch a few of them up and come out of this fighting.”
It would be naive to put this loss down to injuries alone. It’s a 3-0 loss against a team struggling in the division below. Sunderland should have put up a better fight here.
If Willis was an injury concern, he should have been rested for the EFL Trophy game. Sunderland fans will be hoping Lynch makes a swift recovery because centre-back is becoming a problem.