'He must be injured': Sunderland fans react as Jack Ross makes seven changes against Bristol Rovers

Sunderland boss Jack Ross has made seven changes to his side for today's home clash with Bristol Rovers.

Saturday, 15th December 2018, 1:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th December 2018, 1:28 pm
Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan in action against Barnsley.
Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan in action against Barnsley.

Adam Matthews, Glenn Loovens, Reece James, Lee Cattermole, Lynden Gooch, Aiden McGeady and Josh Maja have all returned to the starting XI following Tuesday's FA Cup defeat by Walsall.

Duncan Watmore will start on the bench and could feature in a league game for the first time in 13 months.

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But while most fans were happy with the side, some were a little concerned about the absence of defender Tom Flanagan - who isn't even on the bench.

Here's how some fans reacted on social media:

@GazJ2K: Hope Loovens does well today - Flanagan must be injured...

@Ridderz86: I had Flanagan to bag one from a corner

@jxmes123: No king no party

@Beccadrinkald2: Strong team! Interesting to see maguire on the bench though. Although he normal seems to make an impact when he comes off the bench.

@WERGHJIGgJ: One of the best lineups so far

@ConnorBromley: Shame to lose Flanagan today. Hopefully Loovens can take his chance and give Ross another selection headache

@harryftm1: That is a seriously strong league one team, with game changers on the bench too :)

@Parkersafc: Hopefully gives Honeyman a bit of freedom to get forward.

@JoeHay_: Cattermole back Flanagan must be injured but Loovens isn't a half bad replacement. Good to see Watmore on the bench too!

@adidalzell: Watmore do we want! Be great to see him come on and blitz past some defenders.