Sunderland lunchtime round-up: Welcome match action for Mannone and Larsson

It's a big night for Vito Mannone as he returns to action at the Stadium of Light.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 1:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:38 pm
Vito Mannone

The Italian keeper will be between the sticks as Sunderland U23s take on Notts County in the deciding group fixture of the Checkatrade Trophy.

It’s a welcome boost for Sunderland boss David Moyes, who will be hoping a lot more injuries clear up soon.

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Swedish midfielder Seb Larsson is also relishing another game on his comeback from injury.

He says he’s happy to be kicking a football without pain again. Click here for the story.

There probably won’t be much of a crowd tonight for a competition that has proved controversial.

But Sunderland coach Robbie Stockdale says it has worked well for his players. Read what he says here.

And there’s a former Newcastle striker in action tonight, hoping to take a win away from Wearside.

We also take a look back 10 years to see what the Echo was reporting on SAFC.

Niall Quinn made a vow only to leave Sunderland when the club was established in the Premier League.

That looked a while off, with Roy Keane still getting to grips with management in the Championship - the surge up the table was still to come!

And Kelvin Davis says he was ‘scarred’ by his one year with Sunderland, just ahead of his return.