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Sunderland forced to make knee-jerk player decisions

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Sunderland have opted to recall Josh Hawkes, Jack Diamond and Anthony Patterson from their loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Harrogate Town and Notts County respectively, the Black Cats have confirmed.

The trio will arrive back at the club ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s League One clash with Wycombe Wanderers as a result of a major Covid-outbreak at Sunderland. 

The Black Cats have received permission for the three players to come back into the squad at Sunderland and then to return to their respective clubs later on in the month. 

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It does appear that Lee Johnson could have a depleted squad with him tomorrow afternoon, with this drastic measure displaying the extent of the issue at Sunderland at present. 

Sunderland find themselves four points clear of Wigan Athletic who are in third place, however, the Latics possess three games in hand, with the Black Cats understanding the importance of the next couple of weeks as they continue their push for promotion. 

The verdict 

With Sunderland fighting at the top end of the division, the fact that a Covid-outbreak has occurred just before a massive game against promotion rivals is a big blow. 

However, they possess quality in abundance in the squad, with Diamond and Hawkes being players who are actually quite unlucky not to be in regular contention at the Stadium of Light this season. 

Sunderland have not lost in nine League One games and are looking strong candidates for promotion back to the Championship in their fourth attempt, but they will be very much aware of the threats they will face against the Chairboys tomorrow. 


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