The Lowdown: Knock in training
Speaking to the media after his team’s 4-2 defeat against Burnley at the Stadium of Light last weekend, Mowbray confirmed that the 25-year-old had ‘picked up a knock in training’, meaning that he had to sit out the game.
The Black Cats boss added that he would have to see how the week develops before deciding whether to bring Roberts back into the squad for the trip to Kenilworth Road.
The Latest: Could travel
Speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match at the weekend, Mowbray has stated that both Roberts and Ellis Simms could travel with the Sunderland squad and play a part against Luton, after stepping up their recoveries from injury.
The 58-year-old said: “We hope Ellis will be back. He has felt it a bit on occasion, but he’s trained all week. When he does come back will be a huge boost for us.
“Patrick trained on Thursday and came through well. If there’s no reaction on his hamstring, he’ll travel for the game. It seemed more fatigue-based than an injury, but you always have to be careful with a hamstring issue. Burnley was too soon to risk him.”
The Verdict: Big boost for Sunderland
To have Roberts back in the squad along with Simms would be a big boost for Sunderland.
The former Manchester City winger had started the Black Cats’ previous eight games in the league before the defeat to Burnley, picking up two goals and one assist (Transfermarkt) as he established himself as a key player under Mowbray.
Roberts currently ranks as Sunderland’s fifth-best performer in the Championship, ranking highly among his team-mates for average shots and key passes per match, while nobody at the club dribbles more than him per outing (WhoScored).
Adding him and Simms to the attack should give the Wearsiders a huge goal threat against Luton on Saturday, with the duo having netted five league goals between them so far this term.
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