Sunderland have been handed a significant injury boost ahead of the Papa John’s Trophy final with Tranmere Rovers this weekend.
The Black Cats are enjoying a wonderful run of form in the league that has thrust them firmly into the promotion race as we move into the final knockings of the season.
As it stands the Wearsiders are sitting in fourth position in the table and just two points away from the automatic promotion spots.
For this weekend attention will turn to Wembley Stadium though with Lee Johnson’s side hoping to put some silverware in the trophy cabinet.
Sunderland have been dealing with a number of injuries of late with the likes of Bailey Wright, Ross Stewart, Denver Hume, Grant Leadbitter and Benji Kimpioka all spending time on the sidelines.
But according to the boss all five of these players are expected to return to training ahead of the weekend putting them in contention.
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As quoted by the Northern Echo, Johnson said: “The positive is that I’m taking a session (today) and we will have five players in that session who hopefully won’t be too far away.
“We had Tom coming back (at Portsmouth) which was a good one, we’ll have Bails training, Ross Stewart training, Denver Hume training, Grant Leadbitter training, and Benji Kimpioka training.
“We’ve got an embarrassment of riches, if you like.”
While I certainly wouldn’t expect all five to be involved at Wembley Stadium there’s no doubt that this is a massive boost for Sunderland.
The games are coming thick and fast at the moment and Lee Johnson will be hoping to have all of his players available to play a role in the run-in.
That said, Sunderland are performing particularly well at the moment and so Johnson may be reluctant to change things up anyway.