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Jack Clarke: Sunderland gave York-born ace a “crushing” injury blow

Prior to their Sky Bet Championship play-off campaign, SUNDERLAND has suffered a “crushing” injury blow: York-born star Jack Clarke will likely miss some time due to his injury.

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The 23-year-old winger is expected to miss up to six weeks of activity due to an ankle ligament injury he sustained during the Black Cats’ 2-1 loss to Birmingham City on February 17.

With 15 goals and a few assists, Clarke leads Sunderland in scoring this season under Mike Dodds.

He will now go through a rehabilitation phase in preparation for his anticipated April return to training.

Over the past several months, a number of Premier League teams, notably Brentford and West Ham, have expressed interest in signing the former Archbishop Holgate student.

During the January transfer window, Sunderland allegedly rejected a second proposal of £14 million for Clarke from Lazio, the powerful Italian team. The winger is reportedly valued at £20 million by the team.

The Black Cats are five points off of the play-offs right now, in 10th place, going into Saturday’s difficult trip to Norwich.

In an interview with The Northern Echo, our sister publication, Dodds called Clarke’s injury a “crushing blow” to his team.

The Sunderland manager said, “He played 90 minutes at Birmingham and rolled his ankle in the game.” “We were supposed to workout later in the week, but the swelling just wouldn’t go down when I spoke with him.

“Jack was positive and the feedback was semi-positive, but we decided to take him to see a specialist on Wednesday morning to find out what was going on because it was too early in the week and the rate of progress wasn’t what we had hoped for or expected.” on, and the criticism is precisely that—a devastating blow.

However, I also have to manage the things that I can control, so for the next six weeks, I won’t be thinking about or thinking about it.

“Like I’ve said a thousand times, it’s not just a blow for us, Jack Clarke would be a massive blow for any team in this league.”

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