Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has been handed a boost after learning midfielder Grant Leadbitter will be available for Saturday’s game with Oxford.
Black Cats boss Parkinson saw his side struggle to get off to a good start last Saturday, being held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light.
With the draw a slight setback in their start to the season, George Dobson’s added time red card has also caused concerns.
The midfielder’s suspension will now cause a selection headache for Parkinson but Leadbitter has handed him a boost ahead of Saturday’s League One fixture.
Leadbitter has been struggling with a dead leg of late but Northern Echo has claimed he has now been passed fit for selection.
The 34-year-old made 14 League One appearances during the 2019/20 season but was handed a spell of compassionate leave in February due to personal reasons.
Now, back in action, the midfielder will be looking to expand on his 533 career appearances.
Leadbitter is yet to appear in the league, albeit Sunderland have had just one game, but his experience is a welcome boost for Parkinson this term.
It is unlikely that he will get a start on Saturday with Josh Scowen and Lynden Gooch both vying for a spot and fully fit, but to have him available certainly gives the Black Cats a boost.
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