Lee Johnson confirms three month injury blow as Hartlepool United appoint ex-Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday man

Sunderland return to action in the second round of the Papa John’s Trophy at the Stadium of Light this evening.

Wednesday, 1st December 2021, 10:23 am

The Wearsiders will play Oldham Athletic after picking up seven points from their last three League One games against Ipswich Town, Shrewsbury Town and Cambridge United.

Here, though, we take a look at some of the more interesting stories doing the rounds this morning:

Lee Johnson provides Luke O’Nien injury update

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Luke O'Nien.

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson has provided an update on the injured Luke O’Nien.

The 27-year-old has been suffering from a shoulder injury that will now require surgery.

Johnson said: "Luke will, we think, have an operation a week today.

"We're hoping it's going to be the best scenario, since I spoke on Saturday we've had a report back on the x-ray which suggests it should be closer to the three months than the nine, which is really good news [if that proves to be the case]."

Hartlepool United confirm new manager

Hartlepool United have appointed ex-Middlesbrough coach Graeme Lee as their new manager.

Lee replaces Dave Challinor after the promotion-winning manager departed for National League club Stockport.

The new appointment will be joined by another ex-Pools player in the dugout as Michael Nelson joins as his assistant.

And Pools made it a triple signing with former Middlesbrough man Lee Turnbull arriving in a consulting capacity to lead the club’s scouting and recruitment process.

Lee spent eight years at Pools between 1995 and 2003.

He also made 200 appearances before spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City.

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