Lee Johnson gives this positive update on Sunderland trio Charlie Wyke, Aiden McGeady and Tom Flanagan

Lee Johnson expects Charlie Wyke to play some part in Sunderland's final league game against Northampton Town on Sunday.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 2:30 pm

Wyke missed the 3-1 over Plymouth Argyle due to a thigh concern, but scans this week showed that there is no major damage.

Aiden McGeady also missed that win due to swelling on the foot, but is also in contention to take a place in the matchday squad.

Johnson will not take any undue risks with the pair ahead of the play-off campaign, but equally feels that both could benefit from some minutes under their belt.

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Charlie Wyke is set to be included in the matchday squad on Sunday
Charlie Wyke is set to be included in the matchday squad on Sunday

The head coach is confident that they will be in good shape for the semi final and believes the break may ultimately work in their favour.

"Charlie was saying all the right things last week [in terms of how the injury felt to him], which was good," Johnson said.

But then you of course have to do all the proper research, scans etc to confirm that which we've done.

"I expect him to play a part on Sunday, which is good news.

"I wouldn't do that if there was a potential risk.

"It's not an easy balance [in terms of Sunday] but I think we can find it and we'll articulate that to the players.

"Both Aiden and Charlie are players who want to get going and play every minute of every game,” he added.

"Especially with tall players and big lads like Charlie, you want to keep them oiled if you know what I mean and that often means getting them as much gametime as possible.

"I'm pretty confident that if they get through Sunday fine, then they'll be as good as gold for the semi final and the rest will probably have served them well."

Sunday’s game could also see the return of Tom Flanagan who has been absent since the Papa John’s Trophy final. Flanagan had a foot problem that then led to muscle issues in his left side.

Johnson said: “Tom Flanagan, who has now had about a week to ten days training, and who is probably about 50/50 for the game on Sunday.”

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