The Lowdown: ‘Lots’ of injuries
Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference ahead of the Wearsiders’ match against the Blues, Tony Mowbray has revealed that his team have ‘lots‘ of injuries going into the clash.
This suggests that some youngsters could be called up to the squad in place of the more established first-team players.
The Latest: Rigg travelling with Sunderland squad
Taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, Copley says that 15-year-old Rigg is travelling with the Sunderland squad to play Birmingham tonight.
The journalist tweeted: “Hearing 15-year-old youngster Chris Rigg (wanted by Newcastle United and others) will travel with Tony Mowbray’s first-team squad to Birmingham for the experience tomorrow night. Massively talented player.”
The Verdict: Great opportunity!
Having already made 14 appearances at under-18 and under-21 level by the age of 15, Rigg is one of the most promising talents in the Black Cats’ academy, as evident by Newcastle’s interest in him (as mentioned by Copley).
He could become the youngest-ever player to make a senior appearance for the Wearside club tonight, which would be a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent on the big stage.
Rigg has been training with the first-team squad in preparation for this game, which suggests that the midfielder could well get a chance to impress.
It will certainly be exciting for the Sunderland supporters to potentially see the 15-year-old in action, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in a competitive senior match if he gets a run tonight.
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