Leon Dajaku injury update after Sunderland winger taken off in Ipswich Town draw

Sunderland face an anxious wait to see if Leon Dajaku has suffered any significant damage after a first-half injury at Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.
Sunderland winger Leon DajakuSunderland winger Leon Dajaku
Sunderland winger Leon Dajaku

Dajaku needed assistance to leave the field after a strong challenge from Sam Morsy, the German winger unable to walk as he headed for the tunnel.

Lee Johnson said it was too early to make a definitive judgement on the injury, and the 20-year-old will have to be assessed ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter final at Arsenal on Tuesday night.

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Dajaku's form had been improving considerably in recent weeks .

"It's a contact injury," Johnson said.

"He was in a fair bit of pain but we'll have to take a look.

"It was an interesting game for him in terms of his learning, I don't think he started well or physical enough.

"He grew into it and was having a really good spell, so it was a bad time for him to get the knock."

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One major positive for the Black Cats was that Denver Hume was able to replace Dajaku, and came through an hour unscathed following a lengthy absence with an ankle injury.

Dennis Cirkin is expected to return in the not too distant future, giving Johnson some valuable depth in a squad that has struggled with a long list of injury issues in recent weeks.

"Denver should get a lot of credit for that and so should the physio department," Johnson said.

"He's trained one week after a long lay-off, and he looked like he could have got through 90."