Sunderland striker’s injury may not be as bad as first feared

Connor Wickham of Sunderland is carried off on a stretcher with an injury at Man Utd at the weekend
Connor Wickham of Sunderland is carried off on a stretcher with an injury at Man Utd at the weekend

CONNOR Wickham’s knee injury is likely to be nowhere near as serious as first feared.

The full results of test scans carried out yesterday are expected to be released today.

But the early signs are that the damage the England Under 21 international sustained in Saturday’s game against Manchester United should not sideline him for any real length of time.

The teenager went down in only the second minute of the game at Old Trafford as he adjusted his balance hoping to charge down a Rio Ferdinand clearance.

But the striker revealed on the Twitter social networking site: “Scans showed injury not as bad as first thought, waiting to see a knee specialist later in the week.”

And while Wickham is no medical expert, it appears that Sunderland and Wickham have got off much more lightly than originally thought.

If the damage is minor, than the fortnight’s international break comes at the perfect time and it’s possible he could even be available for the Fulham game.

It’s more likely that he will miss a game or two, but even that would be a much better prospect than the initial fears that he could be out for the rest of the year and potentially for the rest of the season.