Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Chris Maguire scores in under-23s win; Jordan Jones update
Lee Johnson's men are in superb form at the moment.
The Black Cats picked up another win in League One on Saturday, defeating Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers 1-0 at the Memorial Stadium.
That result leaves Lee Johnson’s side in contention for the automatic promotion spots.
Sunderland are two points behind second-placed Peterborough United with a game in hand over Posh and a fixture to play against Darren Ferguson’s side.
The Wearside club are also just three points behind league-leaders Hull City with two games in hand over Grant McCann’s club and a match to play against the Tigers.
And Johnson’s team unbeaten in their last 12 fixtures in all competitions.
Indeed, it is just one loss in the Black Cats last 18 games across league and cup.
We’ll bring you the latest team news, analysis, insight and more throughout the day as Sunderland prepare to face Oxford United at the Stadium of Light on Good Friday.
Sunderland AFC transfer news (March 29)
Last updated: Monday, 29 March, 2021, 15:07
- Sunderland prepare to face Oxford United at the Stadium of Light on Good Friday
- Lee Johnson’s men are now odds on to win League One
- Johnson hopes to welcome back Jordan Jones this weekend
- Chris Maguire and Denver Hume in under-23s action against Burnley
The League One table as it stands
Promotion rivals suffer double injury blow
Sunderland’s promotion rivals Blackpool have suffered a major blow in their own quest for promotion.
The Blackpool Gazette reports that the Tangerines’ injury crisis has gone from bad to worse with the news Matty Virtue and CJ Hamilton will miss the remainder of the season.
A scan has shown Virtue tore his ACL during last weekend’s 2-0 win at Oxford United.
Hamilton, meanwhile, broke his metersaral during the goalless draw against Fleetwood Town, not long after returning from a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring injury.
Sunderland are due to play Blackpool twice in the run-in as the Black Cats aim for automatic promotion.
Loanee Elliot Embleton will be unavailable to play against his parent club.
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Johnson hopeful of Jones return
Lee Johnson hopes to have Jordan Jones fit for this weekend’s crucial fixtures against Oxford United and Peterborough United.
Jones was a key figure through the first part of Sunderland’s current unbeaten run, but picked up an injury in the 2-0 win over Portsmouth, a game in which he scored and produced arguably his best performance to date for the Black Cats.
MK Dons boss wants Grigg to stay
Russell Martin, MK Dons manager
He’s one we’d love with us long term. Griggy was brilliant and deserved a goal (against Doncaster).
Hume and Maguire named in under-23s starting XI
Sunderland under-23s are playing Burnley this afternoon - with Denver Hume and Chris Maguire named in the starting XI.