Mick McGiven faces operation

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SUNDERLAND manager, Mr Bob Stokoe, waited until after he had taken his players through a testing work-out at Roker Park this morning before naming a party of 13 from which the team will be selected to meet Swindon Town at the County Ground tomorrow afternoon. The party includes Joe Bolton, Mick Horswill and Billy Hughes, all of whom have been cleared of the injuries which made them doubtful starters following Tuesday night’s Cup replay.

“I’ll not be deciding on the line-up until shortly before the game,” says Mr Stokoe, whose satisfaction over having Bolton, Horswill, and Hughes available was tempered by the news that Mick McGiven’s knee condition has been diagnosed as cartilage trouble.

“He will be having the operation on Tuesday,” he said, “and we hope to have him back in action again in March. It is bad luck for the young fellow, but now that we know what the trouble is it will be as well to have it attended to as soon as possible.”

McGiven’s omission is one certain change from Tuesday’s winning Cup side and the other is the replacement of John Tones by David Young, who will be having his second outing. The big decision tomorrow is whether Ron Guthrie is called upon to make his debut, or whether 17-year-old Bolton will hold his place.

Choice will be from: Montgomery, Malone, Guthrie, Bolton, Horswill, Watson, Young, Kerr, Ashurst, Hughes, Lathan, Porterfield and Tueart.

Swindon are unchanged: Allan, Thomas, Trollope, Bunkell, Burrows, Potter, Moss, Butler, Treacy, Noble, Jenkins.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 19 1973.