Sunderland manager Alex Neil has confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the League One play-off second leg against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night.
The lowdown: Advantage Sunderland
Neil’s side head to Hillsborough with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg encounter at the Stadium of Light thanks to Ross Stewart’s strike late in the first half last Friday night.
The Black Cats were roared on by more than 44,300 vociferous supporters in the northeast, and those fans will be praying for a trip to the capital later in the month.
As Sunderland look to book a place in the Wembley showpiece for a shot at promotion to the Championship, the manager has updated the fitness situation at the club…
The latest: Neil reveals Sunderland team news
Speaking on Sunday ahead of the trip to Yorkshire (via Sunderland Echo), Neil confirmed that there were no new injuries suffered to the Sunderland matchday squad.
The 40-year-old stated: “Everyone seems to be OK. The lads were in yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, it’s always difficult after a night game in terms of your sleep.
“But they’ve had a good rest now, they’ll be back in this afternoon and then we’ll take a view on how they are. But certainly there were no additional issues for us as of yesterday.”
The verdict: Huge boost for Sunderland
Whilst Sunderland could remain without Leon Dajaku and Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead due to illness and a muscle problem respectively, Neil will be delighted to have the same 18 players from Friday at his disposal once more for another pivotal clash.
Albeit with only a slender lead, the Black Cats enjoyed the lion’s share of proceedings in the first leg, with 15 shots to the Owls’ eight and seven corners to the visitors’ three on the night (Sofascore).
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Neil may look to use the same players on this occasion with a view to getting Dajaku, Broadhead and indeed Dennis Cirkin and Carl Winchester fit for a potential play-off final against either Wycombe or MK Dons.
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