The Sunderland Echo has reported that Adam Johnson can’t play against Fulham this evening due to the risk of infection after an operation.
Johnson has undergone surgery on a thumb and the Echo has stressed he doesn’t have a long term problem, but there is a risk involved over infection, which takes the matter out of Sunderland’s hands.
Johnson is arguably the club’s most cutting attacking player and his absence will force Gus Poyet to make a big call out on the left hand side or centrally, in behind the main striker.
Johnson is one of the best in the business when it comes to cutting inside onto his stronger left foot and raining shots in on goal.
He’s also versatile enough to play off of the left hand side or through the middle when he can get on the ball and be a more creative influence through the heart of the team.
He’s confirmed in the Echo that his absence is nothing more than a minor delay, while he waits for the wound to heal, but he should be back in action soon.