Midfielder prepared to play through pain as Robbie Stockdale discusses Wolves selection

Sunderland youngster George Honeyman
Sunderland youngster George Honeyman
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Sunderland youngster George Honeyman has told caretaker boss Robbie Stockdale that he will play through the pain barrier on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Cats end their campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light and Stockdale is prepared to make some changes.

Honeyman has broken into the first team set up this season and played more minutes than another player in the squad.

He is nursing an ankle injury picked up in the 2-1 loss to Fulham last weekend but will play if required.

Stockdale said: "The players that were injured for the Fulham game are still injured, apart from Bryan Oviedo, who is coming back into the squad. Added to the list would be Billy Jones who has hamstring problem. Potentially George Honeyman too, although he is desperate to play, I might have to take that decision away from him.

"He got a kick on the ankle early in the Fulham game but typical George, he’s had a go today and says he’s fine. If he can play, he will."

Stockdale also said there might be further opportunities for the club's academy talent, but he won't risk players who aren't ready. Wolves have already sealed the Championship title and boast a squad that Stockdale says features 'Champions League' standard players.

He said: "The young players are pretty much playing, but there might be opportunities for one or two more, I haven’t really settled on a team yet.

"You also don’t want to throw in players who aren’t quite ready, that’s not to put them down but you don’t want their first appearance to be too much for them.

"There’s a balancing act there. There will be a couple of changes but the team won’t be a million miles away from the one at Fulham."