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Sunderland dealt Ross Stewart injury blow

Sunderland have been dealt a blow regarding the fitness of Ross Stewart ahead of their upcoming Carabao Cup clash.

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That’s according to a report by Chronicle Live, who claim that the centre-forward looks set to be left out for the Black Cats’ trip to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening, as the 25-year-old picked up an ankle injury in the club’s 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

However, the report also went on to state that Tom Flanagan is once again available after serving his one-match suspension, while youngsters Niall Huggins, Frederik Alves, and Nathan Broadhead could all come into Lee Johnson’s starting XI.

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Johnson will be gutted

While the Carabao Cup is not likely to be a competition overly high on Johnson’s list of priorities in a season in which Sunderland are hoping to mount a push for automatic promotion in League One, the absence of Stewart will nevertheless have left the 40-year-old manager gutted.

Having played second-fiddle to Charlie Wyke following his move from Ross County to Wearside back in January, Stewart has highly impressed in place of the now-departed 30-year-old centre-forward – who, rather ironically, now plays for Tuesday’s opponents – so far this season.

Indeed, over his seven League One appearances this term, the £450k-rated man has scored five goals, as well as taking an average of three shots and making 1.3 key passes per game.

These returns have seen the Scot earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.36, ranking him as Sunderland’s best performer in the third tier of English football.

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As such, while the competition may not be of utmost importance to Johnson, the absence of Stewart will nevertheless come as a blow to the 40-year-old, as a win against the only side currently above Sunderland in the League One table would certainly be a major confidence boost for the Black Cats.

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