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Sunderland handed double injury boost ahead of Sheffield Wednesday

Sunderland are back in action this evening with the first leg of their semi-final play-off set to take place at the Stadium of Light against Sheffield Wednesday.

As things stand, there isn’t much to split the two sides gunning to escape League One in terms of their results this season.

With 46 games played each, the two clubs have both won 24 of them.

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In terms of goals scored and conceded, Sunderland have scored one more goal than the Owls but let three more in.

Looking ahead to tonight’s showdown, it seems as though the home side could be set to welcome back two key players that have been out of action.

What’s the news?

Speaking ahead of this evening’s big clash, Sunderland boss Alex Neil had this to say about the current fitness situation regarding Black Cats duo Dennis Cirkin and Aiden McGeady.

He said: “Dennis has been back out on the grass, so he’s certainly closer. Unfortunately for Aiden, he’s not been available for quite a long period of time now, but he’s been training with us for a couple of weeks now, so we’ll take a view and make a decision in terms of these games.”

Great news for Neil

While the Sunderland boss didn’t confirm whether or not the duo will make an appearance against the Owls, it will still be great news for him to potentially have them available for selection, either for today or for Monday’s second-leg clash at Hillsborough.

Focusing on Cirkin, the fact that he has started 31 league games for the Wearside club this season highlights just how much of an important figure he is for them at the back.

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In terms of his defensive capabilities, only Carl Winchester (63) and Callum Doyle (40) have won more tackles than the 20-year-old (38).

This shows how crucial he could be for them in defence and keeping the Owls out during the next couple of games if he’s fit enough to play.

As for McGeady, given his vast experience of playing in big games and ability to not only score goals but create them as well, he could be a game-changer for the Black Cats. During his time in the northeast, the Irishman has registered an impressive haul of 36 goals and 34 assists.

Moving forward, if the duo are fit enough to play this evening, Neil should definitely consider letting them play a part.

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