Wickham escapes serious injury

The England Under-21 striker was stretchered off early in the

Wearsiders’ 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. Initially it was

feared the teenager had suffered ligament damage, but scans came

back clear. A statement on the Sunderland website read: “Further

investigations have shown that Connor Wickham has not suffered any

serious damage to his knee. “The player has embarked on a

rehabilitation programme as he recovers from the injury.”