Sunderland have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their upcoming League One fixture.
According to a report by the Sunderland Echo, Corry Evans could be set to return from injury in the Black Cats’ clash with Accrington Stanley at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The central midfielder, who has not featured for Lee Johnson’s side since the Black Cats’ 2-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons due to a hamstring injury, was called up for international duty for Northern Ireland’s fixtures against Lithuania, Estonia and Switzerland, although the 31-year-old is yet to feature for his country in the current international break.
With Evans clearly being an important part of Johnson’s plans for Sunderland’s 2021/22 campaign, with the 40-year-old manager making the summer signing his new club captain, as well as starting the midfielder in the Mackems’ first two fixtures of the season, the fact that the 31-year-old looks to be in contention for the Accrington Stanley game this Saturday will have left Johnson buzzing.
Indeed, having seen his side get their League One campaign off to a highly impressive start, with the Black Cats picking up 12 points from their opening five fixtures of the season, leaving the club at the top of the third tier table, the potential return of Evans will only strengthen Sunderland’s chances of maintaining their fine form in against an impressive Stanley side – who are behind the Mackems in the league on goal difference alone.
However, considering the nature of the £360k-rated man’s injury, as well as his age, perhaps it would be wise for Johnson to initially start the midfielder on the bench this weekend, before introducing the former Blackburn Rovers man in the second half of the clash.