O'Neill eases Wickham worries
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has soothed any concerns about Connor Wickham's fitness after the striker was forced off at Spurs.
Last Updated: 20/12/11 10:14am
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has soothed any concerns about Connor Wickham's fitness after the striker was forced off at Tottenham Hotspur.
Wickham was replaced at half-time by Nicklas Bendtner during Sunday's 1-0 defeat and there were fears he had suffered a recurrence of a knee injury.
The 18-year-old, who has scored once in 11 Premier League appearances since his summer move to Sunderland, recently missed a month due to a knee complaint.
However, O'Neill is confident Wickham has not met with a setback and the former Ipswich Town youngster could be available for Wednesday's game at Queens Park Rangers.
"We don't want to be pushing Connor too much," said O'Neill. "In time, he's going to be a fine player.
"But he's done very little work. He played for us last week but only had two days' training at that stage.
"Since then, we've been trying to do a little bit more.
"He went down in the first half at Spurs but recovered and is going to be okay."