Jonny Williams suffered another blow in his quest to help Sunderland avoid a second successive relegation as he was forced off injured after 30 minutes of their 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.
The Welshman was substituted after receiving a kick to his quad muscle, but Black Cats boss Chris Coleman, who also managed the Eagles academy graduate at national team level, confirmed that the 24-year-old might only miss a couple of weeks should the results of a scan come back positive.
Williams’ time at the Stadium of Light this season has been stop-start because of injuries, and his appearance at Loftus Road was just his 14th in red and white stripes with his only goal coming in the Wear-Tees derby against Middlesbrough last month.
Ex-Palace man Coleman will be hoping the midfielder returns as soon as possible as the defeat against Ian Holloway’s Hoops kept rock-bottom Sunderland four points from Championship safety with nine games remaining.
Also suffering an injury was Sullay Kaikai, who saw his Charlton Athletic side slip out of the League One play-off places after being thumped by fellow promotion hopefuls Peterborough United 4-1 at London Road.
The winger played 63 minutes but was withdrawn after suffering ligament damage to his toe, leaving him doubtful for the re-arranged game at Blackpool on Tuesday night. That was Kaikai’s 10th appearance for the Addicks since his arrival in January, with Karl Robinson’s team three points off the play-off spots but with games in hand on their rivals.
Meanwhile, there was better news for Jordon Mutch who made his Vancouver Whitecaps debut against Houston Dynamo on Sunday night, coming on in the 70th minute to help the Canadian club record their first ever away win against their opponents.
The victory ensured that the Caps maintained their 100% start to the season, having beaten Montreal Impact in their opening game of the season, with Mutch spending the entirety of the 2018 MLS campaign at BC Place.