Lee Johnson weighing up Jordan Jones debut as he discusses Sunderland selection for MK Dons tie

Jordan Jones could make his Sunderland debut in the Papa John's Trophy quarter final on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 6:00 am

The January signing arrived on Wearside short of regular gametime at parent club Rangers, but Johnson believes his base level of fitness is good.

The winger looks unlikely to start against MK Dons but could be involved in the matchday squad.

"I think he's fit enough to be involved," Johnson said.

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Jordan Jones could make his Sunderland debut on Tuesday evening

"He has been training with the Rangers first team every day for the last six to eight weeks, and he played for Northern Ireland I think at the end of November.

"So we'll look to get him some minutes if possible, but it depends on the game really, the balance of the side and where his fitness is when we get a good look at him."

Johnson confirmed after the 2-2 draw with Gillingham on Saturday that he will look to freshen up his side, but his options have are limited for a number of reasons.

Bailey Wright returned to training on Monday but is suspended, while Dion Sanderson and Jake Vokins are both cup tied.

Ross Stewart is elgible for the game, but it is not yet clear whether he will be fit enough to be involved.

Stewart's last appearance for Ross County came on December 23rd, though manager John Hughes said he was fit to return from a hamstring injury shortly before his move to Wearside was finalised.

“I never try to pick a team straight after a result I'm disappointed with, emotions can be too high," Johnson said on Saturday.

"We want to be competitive and we want to win every game, this one is no different. At the same time, of course there will be an opportunity for one or two."

MK Dons boss Russell Martin is facing some similar issues to Johnson, with a number of his loan players ineligible due to their involvement earlier in the competition with other clubs.

Sunderland are therefore likely to face a stronger side in the league fixture on Saturday, but Martin says it is a game he is taking very seriously.

MK Dons boss Russell Martin is facing some similar issues to Johnson, with a number of his loan players ineligible due to their involvement earlier in the competition with other clubs.