Gooch sidelined three months with ankle injury

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by JACK HAZZARD

United States Men’s National Team member and Sunderland AFC midfielder Lynden Gooch could be sidelined for up to three months after suffering ligament damage to his ankle.

According to the Black Cats’ boss David Moyes, the 20-year-old American suffered the injury in a midweek reserve match against Tottenham.

While speaking with The Chronicle, Moyes elaborated on Gooch’s injury, suggesting that the damage came at an inopportune time for the young American.

“It looks like damage to one of his ankle ligaments,” Moyes stated. “He’s away to see the specialist today, and then we will find out whether or not he will need an operation. But he will probably be out for somewhere between eight and 12 weeks, depending on exactly what the surgeon says.

“It’s a terrible blow for Lynden. We really like him, he’s infectious, and he’s a good character. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and said I thought his levels had just dipped a little, but that would be normal for a young player when you think of the games we asked him to play in and the position the team had been in. But in the last week or so he had started to look fresher in training and the injury is a real blow for him, and for us.”

Gooch has been another bright spot in the United States’ recent resurgence of youth players. In the 2016 English Premier League season, the 20-year-old midfielder made nine appearances for Sunderland, making four starts.

With the USMNT January camp looming, the 20-year-old attacker will hope to make a quick and speedy recovery.