Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Dion Sanderson won’t play again this season, in what is a huge blow for Sunderland.
The defender has suffered a back problem, and has been ruled out of the Black Cats’ remaining games.
He has not played since the 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic on April 13, and Sunderland, have failed to win since his absence.
They were actually already on a losing run with him in the side, and Lee Johnson’s men are winless in seven games.
It’s a patch of form that has cost them the chance to gain promotion automatically.
But Sanderson had still been one of the shining lights, as he has been since the turn of the year.
His absence is a big blow for the Black Cats, who will be without the centre-half for their play-off games (should they not drop out of the top six).
Sanderson has taken to social media to comment, saying: “With a heavy heart I have to say I am unable to play for the remainder of the season due to injury, I would like to thank the manager the players and the fantastic fans.
“I wish you all the best and will be supporting you all the way. Ha’way the lads.”
Talk will now turn to what happens with Sanderson this summer.
Plenty of fans are hoping to see him given a chance back at Molineux, but reports have claimed the club could cash in.
A superb stint for Sanderson
The player has received many comments from supporters on his post and it’s clear how much of an impression he has made.
This particular loan spell was very successful, and Sanderson has seen his stock soar as a result.
Hopefully, Wolves give him a chance but if not, he could fetch a nice sum with plenty of clubs seemingly keen – it was reported previously that Wolves value him at £2 million but that could easily be higher by now.