By Beck Pascal

22nd Dec, 2021 | 8:30am

Lee Johnson confirms Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead hit by 'disaster' injury

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has confirmed that Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead has picked up an injury in the 5-1 defeat against Arsenal on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old managed to reduce the deficit to 2-1 at the Emirates last night (December 21) but limped off with a hamstring injury.

A huge loss for Sunderland with Broadhead in the form of his life after scoring six goals in as many games for the Black Cats. 

Sunderland’s chances of promotion now hang in the balance after losing their in-form marksman. 

“It’s a disaster,” Johnson told Chronicle Live, who confirmed it was not a recurrence of the hamstring trouble that kept him out for the whole of October.

“It’s his hamstring, the other one. I don’t know if I’ve run over a black cat or what. From Jordan Willis, to Broadhead, Aiden McGeady, Luke O’Nien and everyone else in between, it’s hard to take.

“We’re going to need help in January for sure. We’re going to need to find a way of bringing in quality to help the boys.”

Unfortunate

From an Everton perspective this is very disappointing. The Blues will want their loan players at least paying during their spells away from Finch Farm. Ultimately, Broadhead is there to gain vital experience which he is now unable to do so after his second hamstring injury at Sunderland. 

It’s incredibly unfortunate for Broadhead who will feel aggrieved with another injury whilst in such incredible form. These are all things that the prodigy can learn from whilst playing regular first team football. 

It’s not ideal for who would have been overjoyed to see the striker thriving at the Stadium of Light, even more so if you recall the shouts to bring him back early from his loan deal due to the Toffees’ current attacking crisis.

It was unlikely for Broadhead to be called back early from his season loan, but it seemed a viable option for replacing Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin after Everton’s youngsters held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at the bridge. 

Hopefully the Welshman can recover quickly and come back firing.

In other Everton news, Farhad Moshiri ready to back Rafa Benitez with Everton signings in January.