Sunderland captain George Honeyman has been cleared to play in the Checkatrade Trophy final despite being sent off against Wycombe on Saturday.
The local lad was one of three players sent off towards the end of the draw, which meant he was hit with a three game ban.
With the big final at Wembley against Portsmouth on 31st March, it appeared that would be the final game of his suspension.
However, the Northen Echo have revealed that the ban will only apply to league games, so Honeyman will miss the clash at Accrington Stanley three days later instead.
It means he will get to lead the side out at the national stadium in what should be an entertaining game between two League One promotion contenders.
The Black Cats had appealed the red card but that was turned down, so the 24-year-old is absent for the huge clash against Barnsley on Tuesday night, although he was expected to miss that anyway due to concussion.
The other game that Honeyman will miss is the home game against Walsall this weekend.
This is great news for Honeyman as whilst the priority is promotion this season, the chance to play at Wembley doesn’t come around that often for players.
So, he will have been anxiously waiting to find out if he could play and it will be a proud day for him to lead the side in the final.
However, missing three league games is not ideal but Jack Ross has a big squad to choose from and others will step up.
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