Sunderland AFC news and transfers RECAP: Black Cats injury latest; Doncaster preview – ChronicleLive

Sunderland AFC news and transfers RECAP: Black Cats injury latest; Doncaster preview - ChronicleLive

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The influential attacker has been missing for almost two months with a fractured fibula but is fit again and has had a full week on the training pitch.

Maguire is unlikely to be able to complete 90 minutes in all of those but he will bring a different dimension that the Black Cats boss knows could be crucial.

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.

“He only started training towards the end of last week and by his own admission, its not easy after seven or eight weeks out.

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.

“He knew he was a bit off it, not physically, just his touch and everything. So having a full week has been a big help in that regard.

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.

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“At this stage of the season you always look for the ones who can handle the demands of these fixtures in terms of the pressure,” Ross added.

He said: “I dont think we need to make any knee-jerk decisions but weve always considered the previous game and the previous games to that to see if theres patterns emerging and things you think you can do better.

“A natural number ten, that ability to play up and drop in, hes got that little bit of something different.

Sunderland duo Flanagan and Baldwin came under criticism after they shipped five goals to Coventry City on Saturday, the clubs first defeat since December.

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.

Sunderland, third in League One and two points adrift of Barnsley in second, host play-off hopefuls Doncaster at the Stadium of Light on Friday (KO 5.15pm).

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

Sunderland lost their unbeaten home record with a chaotic 5-4 defeat against Coventry City last time out and McCann is hoping to pile on more pressure.

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

Definitely after the last two home games theyve played – which they drew and lost – there will be expectations for them to beat us.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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