Stokoe hoping Kerr will be fit for Cup

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SUNDERLAND manager Mr Bob Stokoe is still keeping his fingers crossed and hoping that team captain Bobby Kerr will be well clear of a troublesome back condition in time hold his place for Saturday’s FA Cup third round visit to Notts County, writes Argus. A further X-ray examination has proved negative and he was able to resume training today.

Mr Stokoe said: “He looked sharp and fit and worked well through a full training session.” The danger is that the trouble might flair up again towards the weekend and this gives the greatest cause for concern.

There are no further injury problems and the only decision yet to be confirmed is the replacement at No. 6 for newcomer David Young, who is not eligible for his round of the Cup.

It is probable that the place will go to Ritchie Pitt.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 10 1973.