Sunderland youngster still in manager’s plans

Sunderland striker Connor WickhamConnor Wickham is still in Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill’s thoughts despite having failed to make a senior appearance in the 2012/2013 season.

With injuries and Premier League fixtures coming thick and fast, the England under 21 international will be hopeful of playing a part in Sunderland’s league cup clash with MK Dons tonight.

The 19 year old netted twice against Newcastle United under 21s and was an unused substitute in the Black Cats 1-1 draw with West Ham.

O’Neill said to the Northern Echo, “He scored two goals for the reserves and had to be there in the right position to score them. Goals will give any centre forward a bit of a confidence and that is something he needs. All centre forwards do.”

Still only September the Ulsterman’s squad could hardly be more stretched for the Tusday night fixture, Seb Larsson and Fraizer Campbell will miss out after picking up injuries on Saturday, while those who missed the tie at Upton Park are still unavailable. Titus Bramble will be rested ahead of Saturday’s league match with Wigan, while Danny Rose cannot play due to the terms of his season long loan deal from Tottenham.