Lee Johnson has been handed a double injury boost ahead of Sunderland’s upcoming play-off semi-final clash.
According to a post on the Sunderland Twitter account, both Jake Vokins and Tom Flanagan were back in action for the club’s U23 side on Monday afternoon, with Vokins featuring for 71 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City, while Flanagan managed 46 minutes.
With Johnson having to deal with a considerable amount of injuries in his first-team squad ahead of Sunderland’s play-off semi-finals against Lincoln City on 19th and 22nd May, with Ross Stewart appearing to be a doubt for the fixture, as well as having lost both of Jordan Willis and Dion Sanderson to season-ending knocks, the prospect of having Vokins and Flanagan back for the clash is likely to have the 39-year-old buzzing.
Coupled with the return of Conor McLaughlin to first-team action, should Vokins and Flanagan both be deemed fit enough for the Lincoln game, the Black Cats manager will have plenty of options in defence for the first time in a rather long while, with Max Power having filled in at right-back in recent weeks, while Luke O’Nien also dropped into the centre of defence to cover for the injured centre-backs.
With a number of players now looking likely to return before the season-defining fixture, Johnson is sure to be feeling much more confident of going on to secure promotion through the play-offs than he might have done just a matter of weeks ago.