Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has provided an injury update on some first team members ahead of the weekend tie with Oxford United.
The opening day of the League One season saw the Black Cats suffer a draw with Bristol Rovers and lose George Dobson to an added on time red card.
Focus has now turned to the upcoming weekend fixture with potential promotion rivals Oxford, but Parkinson has had to face a number of potential fitness concerns.
With Dobson missing out this coming weekend, Parkinson has given an insight in to two potential replacements for the midfielder in Grant Leadbitter and Josh Scowen.
Speaking to the media via zoom and quoted via the club’s official website, Parkinson said: “There’s nothing major to have to worry about. Grant Leadbitter picked up a dead leg earlier in the week, but he should be okay.
“Josh Scowen has not been with us today, he’s had a family bereavement and is at a funeral, but everybody else has been fine, which is good.”
21-year-old midfielder Elliot Embleton missed Sunderland’s season opener with Rovers and Parkinson has now revealed that the midfielder will have to prove his fitness before returning to the fold.
“Elliot is making progress and hopefully he’ll be in training next week, but he’s going to need a few under-23s games before he’s up for selection because he hasn’t played for a long time.
“He’s getting closer, but we just want to make sure that he’s right.”
Oxford lost their opening League One game of the season to Lincoln City and visiting manager Karl Robinson has some injury problems of his own.
It is vitally important that Sunderland pick up three points this coming weekend after such a setback at the weekend, but predicting the Wearside outfit’s results lately is a pretty impossible task.
It does seem that Parkinson may be up against it though, with several players unavailable or not fully fit going into this one.
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