CHARLIE WYKE has had a scan on his injured ankle this morning, with Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson admitting the striker is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

Wyke damaged his ankle in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers, and was substituted at the half-time interval at Adams Park.

He has had a series of detailed scans this morning, and while Sunderland’s medical staff are yet to receive the final result of the tests, the initial prognosis does not look good.

Parkinson said: “Unfortunately, Charlie's ankle doesn't look too good. He's gone for a scan and we're waiting for the results of that, and should find out this afternoon.”

Wyke will definitely miss tomorrow’s home game with Tranmere Rovers along with Aiden McGeady, who will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend.

Lee Burge will retain his place in goal ahead of Jon McLaughlin, but Parkinson claims it is too early to regard the summer signing from Coventry City as his established number one.

He said: “I thought Lee did very well. I looked at the games prior to coming in and Lee had done very well while Jon had dipped below what he is capable of. We've got good competition in that position, but to say Lee is number one at this stage is too early.

“There's just good competition between the two of them. Wherever I've been throughout my career, it's good to have two good keepers pushing each other and getting better standards out of each other. I'm sure Jon and Lee will do that.”

McLaughlin was understandably disappointed with his demotion to the substitutes’ bench, but Parkinson has been pleased with the Scotland international’s reaction in the last couple of days.

He said: “I worked with Jon at Bradford and he's had a good period in his career of late. He's played well and played some international football as well. He's a good goalkeeper, but not only that, he's a good professional, and he took the decision the right way.

“I think that's important for any player. It's okay being a good squad member when you're in the team and everything's going well. But when you get left out it's about conducting yourself in the right way and Jon certainly did that, so credit to him.”