Boost as Sunderland and Rangers winger Jordan Jones trains ahead of Oxford and Peterborough United games

Sunderland have been handed a boost ahead of the Easter weekend fixtures with Jordan Jones back in training.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 10:38 am

The Rangers loanee has been training at the Academy of Light and will further bolster Lee Johnson’s attacking options ahead of the visit of Oxford United on Good Friday and the trip to Peterborough United on Easter Monday.

Jones was a key figure through the first part of Sunderland's current unbeaten run, but picked up an injury in the 2-0 win over Portsmouth, a game in which he scored and produced arguably his best performance to date for the Black Cats.

The 26-year-old missed out on the matchday squad for the 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers, a game in which Aiden O'Brien returned from his injury to hand Johnson another attacking option.

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Jordan Jones of Sunderland celebrates scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Portsmouth and Sunderland.

Sunderland’s squad depth could prove key in the final weeks of the campaign, with the Black Cats battling for automatic promotion.

Boss Lee Johnson said: “What you want is options when you're picking a side, especially when you have a game every three days.

"The players accept [the demands of] that.

"Hopefully Jordan Jones comes back for next weekend's games if he has a good week of training.

"That's another very good option for us whether it be in the starting XI or on the bench,” he added.

Sunderland are third in League One, three points off league leaders Hull City and the Black Cats have two games in hand over them.

Monday’s opponents Posh are second in the third tier, two points ahead of Sunderland.

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