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Sunderland: Jewison Bennette ‘will be back’ in squad vs Rotherham

Sunderland: Jewison Bennette 'will be back' in squad vs Rotherham - Championship News

Sunderland forward Jewison Bennette ‘will be back’ for tonight’s Championship game vs Rotherham, according to journalist Scott Wilson.

The Lowdown: Absence explained

The Costa Rica international arrived at the Stadium of Light last summer and has since made 15 senior appearances across all competitions, but was absent from Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Bristol City.

The Black Cats winger wasn’t reported to have sustained an injury prior to the game, though Tony Mowbray has since revealed that he was suffering from a calf problem, which is what kept him out for the visit of the Robins.

The Latest: Bennette set to return

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Wilson confirmed that Bennette is set to return for Sunderland and will be available for the trip to South Yorkshire. He wrote:

“Jewison Bennette will be back in #SAFC squad for tomorrow’s trip to Rotherham. Lynden Gooch and Niall Huggins both back training – but neither will be considered for the game at the New York Stadium…”

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The Verdict: Boost for Mowbray

Bennette is still adapting to first-team action, but having been labelled a ‘star boy’ by journalist Josh Bunting, Mowbray will be happy to have him back at his disposal.

The 18-year-old has recorded two assists and put nine crosses into the box when on the pitch this season, alongside averaging 2.10 shots per league game.

The Heredia native also provides the boss with versatility having operated on both the left and right side of the midfield as well as his natural position further forward this term.

Bennette is a hugely useful option to have introduced into the senior fold and him being recognised for his development is nothing less than he deserves.

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