INJURIES and sickenss keep six of Sunderland’s FA Cup side out of tomorrow’s Cup rehearsal against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, but manger Bob Stokoe has still managed to name a side which will make a bold challenge for badly-needed League points: “It is a big blow to have to go into this game without the services of Billy Hughes and Dennis Tueart, both of whom have been exciting players in the recent run, but the danger of playing them before they are completely fit is that they could be ruled out of next week’s big game.
Richie Pitt, who has a virus infection and is receiving treatment under his own doctor, was the first casualty. The injury list also includes Bobby Kerr, Dick Malone, and Mick Horswill.
Kerr has aggravated the groin strain which he received against Manchester City and Hughes is still having trouble with the hamstring injury which he received in the same game and accounted for his fall below recent form last week. Tueart starting light training this morning after receiving treatment for a thigh strain, Malone has a strained back and Horswill is still receiving treatment for the shin injury which led to him being pulled out of last week’s game against Oxford United.
Ron Guthrie returns at left back and Ray Ellison, who made a promising debut last week, switches to right back as Malone’s replacement.
David Young, who proved his fitness in a fine display for the Reserves on Wednesday night, is recalled at No. 6 and Jackie Ashurst takes over the No. 4 spot vacated by Horswill.
John Lathan and Jimmy Hamilton, both of whom have goals to their credit this season, step up into the attack, with Brian Chambers awarded a well-earned chance to shine in an attacking role which he has filled so well as substitute in recent games.
Team: Montgomery; Ellison, Guthrie; Ashurst, Watson, Young; Lathan, Chambers, Halom, Porterfield, Hamilton. Substitute, Bolton.
“Cup planning has started” – Haslam
LUTON Town and Sunderland are not giving an inch a week before they meet in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. For their preview in the League tomorrow, they are likely to field sides resembling only slightly those for the repeat game seven days later.
Luton even name Keith Barber, a goalkeeper who has a broken leg. They have announced 20 players, which include every member of the club who has played in the League side this season.
“The planning for the Cup tie has already started,” said manager Harry Haslam, “and I don’t intend giving anything away to Sunderland in advance. I will announce tomorrow’s team just before the kick-off.”
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on March 9 1973.