Sunderland boss admits Bryan Oviedo could part ways with the club

Sunderland manager Jack Ross has admitted that Bryan Oviedo could leave the Black Cats before the end of the month. The Costa Rica international has been with the Wearside outfit over the past 18 months but he is now considering an exit with the Black Cats having dropped down to the third tier of English football.

Speaking to reporters, Ross admitted that Oviedo could be on the move with the left-sided defender said to have ambitions of playing at a much higher level, he said: “I think he, like a number of players, will have his own ambitions and aspirations in terms of the level he plays the game.The contractual aspect is probably above my level, naturally as a manager you just want to pick the best players you have but I have always had an understanding of the economics of it.Can I say without absolute certainty he will still be here at the end of the month? I couldn’t but I would probably say that about all the players who fall into that bracket.”

With the English transfer window having closed, Oviedo no longer has the opportunity of returning to the Premier League but he could yet make the switch to the Championship on a temporary basis. Nevertheless, the Black Cats are still awaiting the right offer for the Costa Rican and they may also consider offers from abroad for his signature.

Sunderland have made a good start to their League One campaign with a victory and draw from their opening two games and Ross will be hoping that the team can pick up the momentum in the coming weeks in order to stake a genuine claim for promotion. Meanwhile, Oviedo has featured in both League One games for Sunderland this term, bagging the assist during the comeback triumph over Charlton Athletic.