Sunderland managed to win their first match in the Checkatrade Cup competition when they beat Stoke City Under-23’s on penalties.
However, the match was not without its problems for Jack Ross, as he had a ‘stand-off’ with his medical staff about the involvement of one of his players.
The striker, who is on loan from Premier League outfit Watford, picked up a hamstring injury on the opening day of the season, however, he made an early return on Tuesday night and played the final 25 minutes of the second half.
“He progressed really quickly over the last few days and the medical team and I had a bit of a stand-off in the nicest way because it was really early to throw him in,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
“But he was desperate to be involved, he trained with us yesterday and we pushed him and he felt that he could deal with the rigours of the game.
“I’m glad because he looked lively when he came on.”
Ross and Sunderland will be delighted that the decision to play Sinclair did not backfire on them and he came through the game without any problems.
The Black Cats will be pleased to have him back ahead of schedule as Charlie Wyke also makes a return to fitness and will be excited to have the pair available to lead the line.
The 21-year-old, who is valued at £1.35million as per Transfermarkt, could be a key player for the Stadium of Light outfit this year as they look to win promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
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