Sunderland have had to make do without a number of key players in recent weeks – but the good news for the Black Cats is that, as reported by the Sunderland Echo – they could soon have Dennis Cirkin back in the mix, along with two other first-teamers.
The club are unbeaten in their last three League One games and are right in the middle of a battle for an automatic promotion spot. Supporters of the club are desperate to be back in the Championship and with the side level on points with second-placed Wigan, now is as good a time as ever to kick on and try and seal that promotion.
They’ve had to deal with trying to pick up points over the last few weeks though without a number of first-team players.
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One of those out sidelined is Dennis Cirkin, who, despite his young age, has been a mainstay in the side so far this year. With 13 appearances, he has become an important player for them and for the full-back to be sidelined since November has been a blow.
There is some good news then for fans of the Black Cats, with Lee Johnson revealing to the Sunderland Echo that he is back in training and therefore a return could soon be on the horizon.
It isn’t likely to be this weekend but he could most certainly feature at some point if not over the festive period, then in January.
Corry Evans is another who, like Cirkin, may be back in the fold soon and Denver Hume could even be back in the mix this weekend as a solid squad option for the manager to turn to if needed.
Lee Johnson will be pleased to hear that he will have plenty more options to turn to in the next few weeks.
Dennis Cirkin has been pivotal to the Black Cats this season, so to have him back at such a key point in the season will be great news for everyone at the club. He might not be back yet but it’s good to hear he is well on his way.
Johnson may still have to dip his hand into his pocket in January to ensure he has enough players to compete at the very top for the remainder of the season but this will all be positive news for the manager.
The boss though might not need to do as much recruitment as he perhaps expected with the imminent return of some of these Black Cats players.