SUNDERLAND are counting the cost of making F.A. Cup progress against Notts County on Tuesday night, for four players are still undergoing treatment and Manager Bob Stokoe cannot at this stage count any of them as certain starters for Saturday’s visit to Swindon Town. Decisions on the fitness of Mick McGiven, Mick Horswill, Joe Bolton, and Billy Hughes will be made tomorrow morning only a few hours before the team party leaves Roker Park.
McGiven is the most serious casualty. A knee condition which troubled him some time ago flared up again after Tuesday’s game and he has not been able to train. He is to see the club doctor today for a verdict on what the next course of action must be.
Horswill and Bolton are both doubtful too, mostly through severe bruising, and they too have had to forego training. Horswill appears to have the better chance of being available.
Hughes’s injury is less troublesome and he is expected to be declared fit.
On the brighter side, Dennis Tueart and Ian Porterfield, who were both doubtful starters for Tuesday’s replay until shortly before the game, felt no ill-effects and have been able to confirm their readiness for Saturday’s game by working through the full training programme.
To offset whatever anxiety there my be arising from the injury situation is the availability of new signings David Young and Ron Guthrie, both of whom were ineligible for the Cup-tie, but are expected to claim places against Swindon.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 18 1973.