Sunderland forward sweating over fresh hamstring injury

Sunderland striker Benji Kimpioka is sweating over a fresh hamstring injury – just weeks after joining Torquay United on loan.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:00 pm

The youngster joined the National League promotion chasers on a temporary deal until the end of the season in March and has already featured twice for the Gulls since making the move to Plainmoor.

But his most recent appearance – in the 1-0 win over Wrexham on Easter Monday – was curtailed after just an hour after the striker was forced to withdraw with an injury.

Torquay manager Gary Johnson has now confirmed to Devon Live that it is a hamstring problem, but the exact severity of the issue remains unclear.

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Benji Kimpioka
Benji Kimpioka

It is, however, not the same hamstring which Kimpioka underwent surgery for earlier this season after an injury in an under-23 game with Aston Villa.

Both player and parent club will be hoping that the injury is not a serious one as the Swedish youth international looks to make his mark in what is his first loan spell.

Explaining the decision to allow Kimpioka to leave on a temporary basis, sporting director Kristjaan Speakman said: "Benji has missed a significant period of the season and we are delighted that he’s now returned to full fitness.

"We are keen for him to obtain more games in a competitive setting and based upon the point we are at in the season, this is a great opportunity for him.”

Kimpioka is out of contract at the Stadium of Light in the summer, although there is an option to extend his deal by a further year.

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