KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 5, 2016
US midfielder Lynden Gooch will be out of action from two to three months for Sunderland as he has been hobbled by an ankle injury.
Sunderland head coach David Moyes made the announcement on Friday after the 20-year-old went down in a Sunderland under-23 game. According to reports, Gooch has suffered ligament damage.
The California native has played in nine games this season in the English Premier League along with three cup appearances.
News of Gooch's injury prognosis has come as blow for Moyes who highly rates the young player.
"We really like him, he's infectious and he's a good character," said Moyes at press conference last week. "I spoke to him a few weeks ago and said I thought his levels had just dipped a little, but that would be normal for a young player when you think of the games we asked him to play in and the position the team had been in. But in the last week or so he had started to look fresher in training, and the injury is a real blow for him and for us."
The injury could also leave Gooch doubtful to be called up for the United States' World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in March next year. However, the time frame is still favorable.