Season has been emotionally draining, says Sunderland AFC boss – The Northern Echo

Season has been \emotionally draining\, says Sunderland AFC boss - The Northern Echo

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The Doncaster Free Press report midfielder Ben Whiteman is fit and available for selection having returned to training from an ankle injury.

Going into the game the Black Cats are third in the table, two points behind second place Barnsley with a game in hand.

And manager Grant McCann has been handed a further boost, with John Marquis also having been passed fit having completed the concussion recovery protocol.

The Doncaster Free Press report: The striker returned to training earlier this week and is expected to return to the starting XI on Friday.

One player who will not be part of the squad for the trip to the Stadium of Light is defender Tom Anderson.

The centre half suffered a calf injury in training last week which kept him out of the win over Plymouth.

Jack Ross is hoping to have several players back available, with Lee Cattermole pushing for a first team recall after an ankle injury.

Doncaster Rovers will be without Tom Anderson, however are set to welcome back Ben Whiteman for the trip to Sunderland on Friday evening.

Neither are expected to train during the early part of the week, with manager Grant McCann previously admitting the pair are both doubtful.

A calf strain ruled Anderson out of Rovers 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle but McCann is expecting Whiteman to return after recovering from an ankle ligament injury.

Portsmouth winger Viv Solomon-Otabor is nearing a return from a calf injury, according to Jake Wigley.

The Birmingham City loanee featured for 65 minutes in the second strings 3-0 success over Bournemouth yesterday afternoon.

And Blues first-team coach Wigley believes the 23-year-old could be available for first-team duty from next week.

South Yorkshire Police have made contact with Fleetwood Town following Joey Bartons alleged assault on Barnsleys Daniel Stendel.

The Daily Mail says that officers are yet to speak to the former Newcastle United midfielder but that they have approached his club with a view to doing so.

Stendel has already been spoken to, who was reportedly left needing emergency dental treatment following the incident which occurred in the tunnel at Oakwell on Saturday.

It is also believed neither manager is likely to face the media this week ahead of this weekends League One fixtures.

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