Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has suggested in the Chronicle that he has a difficult challenge on his hands with regards to Emmanuele Giaccherini.
The 29-year-old is set to have surgery on an ankle problem, which rules him out for the rest of the season and it’s something the manager revealed he hasn’t taken well.
“The decision now is that he will have an operation. He’s sad rather than down at what happened because he was convinced that this was his season. Now it is over,” said the boss.
Poyet needs to keep the playmaker motivated over the next couple of months to stop that initial sadness from turning into something more dangerous.
He can do that by continuing to stress the positives Giaccherini provides for the first team and by providing him with assurances over his first team future.
It’s important for the player’s recovery that he believes he can get back into the first setup at the club when he returns to fitness.
Things will change over the summer with signings made by Poyet, but there’s no reason the midfielder can’t be involved looking ahead to next season.
Him being out for the season means the club don’t have to worry about rushing him back and can focus on guiding him through a problem free recovery.