Lincoln City have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their play-off semi-final clash with Sunderland.
The Imps travel to the Stadium Of Light on Saturday afternoon with a significant advantage over their opposition after securing a 2-0 victory at Sincil Bank on Wednesday evening.
The victory was even more impressive give the late change of goalkeeper, with Stoke City youngster Josef Bursik being drafted in for the first leg due to an injury to regular Alex Palmer.
While the 20-year-old put in an excellent display against the Black Cats, it seems that he won’t be required for the second leg due to Palmer coming back into contention for the trip to Wearside.
Appleton was speaking to the press ahead of the match when he confirmed the news of Palmer’s return.
🗣 𝗠𝗔: "Alex is fit and available for tomorrow. We thanked Joe for helping us get through the game and he made some great saves for us." pic.twitter.com/SlcuNerfRC
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) May 21, 2021
Speaking ahead of the match, Appleton said: “”Alex is fit and available for tomorrow.
“We thanked Joe for helping us get through the game and he made some great saves for us.”
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What a big day this is going to be for Lincoln City.
Michael Appleton’s side put in a wonderful performance during the first leg and they’ll certainly be hoping that they can do the same at the Stadium Of Light.
Josef Bursik did an excellent job at short notice in the first leg, but there’s no doubt that Lincoln will benefit from having Alex Palmer back in the side.
The Imps will need to manage the game accordingly, and that’s why it could be a nervy 90 minutes.