Sunderland confident of full-strength line-up at Brighton

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SUNDERLAND’S injury hangover from their 1-0 win against Orient on Saturday is clearing steadily. Dave Watson was able to resume training yesterday and Richie Pitt was back to full training today. Still to come are clearances on Mick McGiven, who has slight groin strain and Joe Bolton, who is receiving attention for kicks on knee and thigh.

“I do not think we will have any problems by the week-end,” says manger Alan Brown, who expects that all the players on duty against Orient will be available for Saturday’s visit to Brighton.

Chelsea centre-half John Dempsey, affected by a damaged achilles tendon, has been ruled out of tomorrow’s home match against Liverpool. Dempsey, whose place was taken by Mick Droy at Derby on Saturday, had the injured leg put back into plaster yesterday.

Goalkeeper Peter Bonetti and striker Peter Osgood have overcome slight injuries received at Derby.

Norwich city’s goalkeeper Kevin Keelan, is still having treatment for the knee injury he received at Maine Road on Saturday, and he remains doubtful for tomorrow’s Division One match at Norwich against Southampton.

Left back Alan Black, the former Sunderland defender, who damaged an ankle in the pre-season friendly match, makes a comeback in a Combination fixture against Southampton Reserves at Southampton tonight.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on August 22 1972.