Sunderland manager Jack Ross has confirmed that Aiden McGeady and Max Power are both close to returning to full fitness.
The Black Cats boss confirmed in his press conference before Sunderland’s game against Ipswich Town this weekend that the duo had a positive week’s work at the Academy of Light but also admitted that some players were no closer to returning from injury.
Ross said that Charlie Wyke and Ethan Robson remained unavailable for selection whilst winger Duncan Watmore had also sustained a knock, ruling him out for this weekend’s game against the Tractor Boys.
Speaking to the press ahead of the trip Portman Road, Ross said via Sunderland’s official website: “We still have some missing, but some are edging closer to full fitness. Aiden has done a full week training so is more or less back up to full speed now.
“Max is getting closer in terms of how much he has done but Duncan Watmore has picked up a knock so he will be unavailable. Charlie Wyke is still unavailable and so is Ethan Robson. Those who missed a good chunk of pre-season like Aiden, Max and Chris are getting back to full fitness now.”
The likes of Robinson and Wyke remain no closer to returning to the first-team, but the imminent returns of McGeady and Power are a major boost for Ross’ side, who will be looking to gain their first win of the new season following last week’s 1-1 draw with Oxford United.
Last season the Sunderland duo were two of the club’s most important players as the Black Cats made it to the League One play-off final, with McGeady being the team’s top goalscorer with 14 goals in all competitions (per Transfermarkt), whereas Power played the third-most games out of any outfield player in the squad (per Transfermarkt).
Watmore being added to the injury list along with Robinson and Wyke is a blow for the Black Cats, but with McGeady and Power both seem likely to return to first-team action soon, with the latter player potentially returning to the bench for Saturday, it will be a boost for the side in the short-term.
The two players returning to fitness will add a positive spark to Sunderland following a poor opening game of the League One season, and with McGeady already playing first-team football this campaign last weekend, the return of the Irishman in the starting XI will be a major boost for Ross’ side.
Sunderland fans, will McGeady and Power make a positive impact when they return? Let us know!
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