The Black Cats ace, on a reported £12,000-a-week, has suffered from injury troubles for the past three years.
The 25-year-old is currently out with a muscular injury, having made just one appearance this season, coming off the bench for the opening day draw with Oxford United.
Watmore has endured three years of injury hell, coming back from one ACL injury, then another, only to then be ruled out again with ligament damage following a bad tackle by Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Marcus Bean in March.
"It will be around another two to three weeks for Duncan," Ross told the Sunderland media team. "It’s a muscular injury. It’s frustrating for me and for him. We need to get him right to play and the support him through the challenges he faces."
Sunderland fans have rallied round Watmore throughout the injuries he has faced, but it seems a number of Black Cats supporters are starting to lose patience with him and have made their feelings known on social media, suggesting the two parties ought to cut ties.
Here is some of the Twitter reaction:
Just release him Save the fuss— RonanCawley01 (@RCawley01) 12 September 2019
We have "supported him through the challenges he faces" for the last 3. It's time to let him go yrs. The kid signed 5 yrs ago and has hardly played.— jon (@Jonphillips7777) 12 September 2019
Just let it go— Jon Ridley (@jonridley87) 12 September 2019
Time to get him off the wage bill please!— John Watson (@Johnwatson0212) 12 September 2019
Just pay him off man— James from Durham⚪ (@jamesSAFCmoore) 12 September 2019
Cant believe we are still paying him wages tbh #safc so injury prone— Chris F (@Christianfors23) 12 September 2019
cancel his contract ffs— ً (@Iaurensdebock) 12 September 2019
There were also some more supportive messages, however:
Grow up.— KNGHTHOOD (@knghthood) 12 September 2019
Tell me how he's stealing a living. What do you want him to do if he's injured, play?— KNGHTHOOD (@knghthood) 12 September 2019
I met him in Edinburgh this year and he was an absolutely lovely lad, a credit to the club and his family. I'll always have time for Duncan and hopefully we can get him through this sticky patch in his career.— David Callaghan (@DavidCallaghan) 12 September 2019
According to Chronicle Live, he was one of the players who took a 40 percent pay cut in the summer of 2017 after dropping from the Premier League due to a clause in his contract, which would therefore currently put him on a reported £12,000-per-week, though it's not believed he took another pay cut after the drop to League One.
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