Ethan Robson just cannot catch a break right now.
Sunderland’s 21-year-old academy graduate gave the Black Cats’ fans something to cheer last season as they suffered successive relegations, with a number of impressive performances in the first-team.
In fact, according to the Sun, Old Firm giants Celtic and Rangers were both keen to sign Robson before he signed a new contract with Sunderland in March.
Since then, the youngster’s career has been on hold. Robson has not made a single appearance in League One this season and suffered a further blow in the Checkatrade Trophy clash against Carlisle United on Tuesday.
Robson produced an impressive display in midfield and scored a lovely goal before being forced off at the interval.
Sending messages to the clearly concerned Houghton-le-Spring local on Twitter, Sunderland fans have been quick to praise his display while expressing hope that he returns as soon as possible.
was good to see you back. You did really well yesterday. Hope the injury is minor as thought & your back for the next game #safc— Gerry McGregor (@Gerry_McGregor) October 10, 2018
Played well, best player on the pitch imo, shame you had to go off. You’ll be back pushing for a start in the first 11 in no time. Keep working hard— Championship Bound (@Thesh4de_) October 10, 2018
Great to see u in the starting 11. Lovely goal and a decent performance, u are getting closer and closer Ethan. Wishing u a speedy recovery.— Peter Beuster (@PeterBeuster) October 11, 2018
Really want to see you breakthrough this season, keep on keeping on Ethan lad! ⚽️⚪️— Steve Beattie (@beatts_70safc) October 10, 2018
You had a good game lad well done. Hope you make 1st team this season.— Harry McQuillan (@harrymackem) October 10, 2018
Pleased for you Ethan that was a great goal hopefully the injury isn't going to be a problem— Jim Johnson (@JamesJo49681473) October 10, 2018
Did well marra, keep it going and take your chance when it comes. Good goal anarl— Blah Blah Blah (@old_punky) October 10, 2018
Solid game until injury and an absolute beauty of a strike! Hope your back soon— Craig Burnhope (@cburnhope88) October 10, 2018
Fortunately, Sunderland manager Jack Ross has told the Echo that Robson’s injury should be a minor one, while confirming that the midfielder would have been a key part of his plans if fit.
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