With great respect to Vito Mannone, who has had fine moments in goal for Sunderland and is quite capable of stepping back successfully into first team action, the loss of Jordan Pickford for up to two months can be seen only as a cruel and massive setback.
“We’re looking at 6-8 weeks, it’s a major disappointment for him and for us because he’s been saving us points.”
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) December 29, 2016
No need to add much to David Moyes’s assessment, or to be so impertinent as to ask why on earth anyone, even a football manager, feels he must have a £30,000 watch.
Pickford has won points, as the boss says, and stopped narrow defeats being humiliating ones. He is already an excellent keeper, one of the best two or three in the Premier League, and has a potentially glittering career ahead of him.
All we can do is pin our hopes on Mannone to reproduce the form we know he is capable of, be a lot more careful with distribution (one of Pickford’s many strong points, of course) and make light of the latest injury blow to afflict SAFC. And, of course, to wish Pickford a strong recovery.
Also from today’s press conference given by Moyes, there is better news on some of our other injuries: Jack Rodwell is training and Steven Pienaar and Javier Manquillo “have also been involved”. More from the Moyes press conference can be seen at the Twitter link you see above or at the Sunderland Echo site.
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