Sunderland: Phil Smith admits Elliot Embleton set for a prolonged period on the sidelines

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Phil Smith has been speaking about Elliot Embleton and how he’s set for a long time out of the Sunderland first-team picture.

It was a double blow for both Sunderland and Embleton last week when he went crashing into a challenge when playing against Hull City which resulted in him being sent off before he could be taken off the pitch on a stretcher.

It’s been reported that Embelton is indeed set for an indefinite period on the sidelines as he returns from a serious injury, which will be bad news for Tony Mowbray who seemingly rates the 23-year-old very highly, according to Smith.

While speaking on The Roar podcast, Smith insisted that Embelton is set for an unfortunate period away from his teammates.

He said: (25:10) “He’s had a brilliant year and I’m so sad it’s ended on this note, you look at the positives and Sunderland know how talented he is, that won’t get lost and Mowbray really rates him so he’s not going to get forgotten about when he’s injured and clearly it’s going to be a long road back and I’m sure he’ll get an opportunity when he’s back again to prove himself.”

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TIF Thoughts on Embleton’s injury…

Embleton clearly is rated highly by Mowbray as he’s featured in every single league game since the manager took over from Alex Neil earlier in the season so it will be a hard task for someone to replace him.

Mowbray will be wondering what he or the club have done to deserve such rotten injury luck this season with Embelton out and both Ellis Simms and Ross Stewart have had to deal with prolonged periods out of the side.

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This current PL centre-back almost signed for Sunderland back in 2015.

However, it will give Mowbray hope going into the second half of the season that Sunderland find themselves just four points off the Play-Off spots despite very rarely having a fully fit squad, should be able to cope without their combative midfielder.

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