Sunderland: Patrick Roberts missed training
What’s the latest?
The report claims he did not train alongside the rest of the squad as they prepared for the trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton this weekend.
“I don’t think it’s serious, but he wasn’t fit and available today.
“We’ll see how the week goes. Historically, I don’t think Patrick has played three-game weeks all the time and he’s taken a hit in practice and is uncomfortable.
Would the absence of Roberts be a blow?
“The decision I had to make was whether it was worth risking it and whether he could be out for eight to ten weeks, or should we give him a break from this game and give someone another an opportunity.”
This latest update could be a blow to Mowbray as Roberts apparently hasn’t gotten over the issue he was facing last weekend.
The manager has described his absence against Burnley as giving the gem a break, but his lack of involvement in any capacity in the open training session suggests he is in doubt for the trip to Luton as he has not yet regained his full form.
Roberts has been in good form this season since moving up to the Championship with the club, having joined them in League 1 last term.
He played 12 matches in the division so far this season and has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.88 – one score only six players can beat in the team and three of them – Aji Alese, Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms – are either injured or barely back.
He scored of them objectives and provided a assist, while creating 0.8 chances and achievement 2.5 dribbles per game. These stats show that the Englishman has been a threat on the ball as he has the quality to beat opposing defenders before creating chances for his teammates, as well as contributing with the odd goal himself.
Therefore, losing Roberts for the clash with Luton would be a blow for Mowbray as he has been one of the club’s best performers in the Championship and has the potential to be a match winner in his day.
Let’s hope that missing this training session was a precaution and that he didn’t suffer a serious injury that will prevent him from playing for a long time.