Sunderland get positive news on Joel Lynch following collision in Portsmouth defeat at Fratton Park

Positive news regarding Sunderland defender Joel Lynch has emerged from the north east.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 2:23 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 3:13 pm

A Sunderland Echo report claims the Black Cats left-back did not suffer a serious head injury following a collision with team-mate Jon McLaughlin during Saturday’s game at Fratton Park.

The 32-year-old had to be stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital following the second-half incident that initially left him unconscious.

At the final whistle, Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson said the former QPR man had suffered a ‘very bad’ injury.

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And he blamed Pompey forward Ellis Harrison for the unfortunate incident, saying the half-time substitute had ‘pushed him’ into McLoughlin, adding ‘there's no need for him to do that’.

However, after a series of hospital tests, it’s been reported that the injury is not as bad as first feared.

Although, Lynch, who was discharged on Saturday night, will continue to be closely monitored and undergo tests to determine whether he has suffered any further injuries.

Chroniclelive.co.uk report the summer signing will undergo a scan on a rib injury he suffered at Fratton Park.

Sunderland defender Joel Lynch is assisted off the Fratton Park pitch

At the time of the incident, Sunderland were trailing 2-0 and had already used all three of their substitutions.

Joel Lynch arrives at Fratton Park ahead of Saturday's game against Pompey. Picture by FRANK REID.