Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Former target could be available on a free as Lee Johnson prepares for Lincoln City test

Lee Johnson's men take on Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light tomorrow afternoon.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 2:53 pm

And Sunderland have momentum in the League One promotion race – with Johnson’s team unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures in all competitions.

Indeed, it is just one loss in the Black Cats last 16 games across league and cup.

The Black Cats are just two points off the automatic promotion places and have won seven of their last eight in the league.

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Dion Sanderson in action for Sunderland.

But Johnson still some injury issues ahead of the clash against the Imps.

Tom Flanagan was forced off in the first half at Wembley against Tranmere Rovers and remains sidelined

First teamers Bailey Wright, Jordan Jones and Aiden O’Brien all missed the match against Accrington Stanley also.

Michael Appleton’s side sit fourth in League One and just two points behind Sunderland.

We’ll bring you the latest team news, analysis, insight and more throughout the day.

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  • Sunderland face Lincoln City in League One tomorrow
  • Tom Flanagan, Bailey Wright, Jordan Jones and Aiden O’Brien look likely to miss the clash

Carl Winchester on the Accrington win

Following Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley, the Black Cats midfielder told the club’s website:“It was a tough game on a difficult surface, but we dug in and we’re delighted with the three points.

“With the way the pitch was, we knew we couldn’t take too many touches or we’d get caught on the ball, so we hit the channels quite a lot and played the conditions.

“In this league, you have to go to places and really dig in to get the win, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”

Former Sunderland ‘target’ set to leave on a free

Scott Tanser is set to leave St Johnstone when his contract expires at the end of the season.

That’s according to manager Callum Davidson who has admitted as such to Herald Scotland.

Reports in January suggested Sunderland had made an approach for the 26-year-old who ex-Port Vale and Rochdale left-back.

However, the Black Cats ended up with Southampton loanee Jake Vokins.

“I think so,” Davidson said when asked if Tanser would leave. “It’s looking less and less likely in our favour.

“We’ve tried our best to keep him but at the moment he’s not given us any positive signs that he wants to stay. These things can change quickly, though.”

Big injury blow for Lincoln City

Lincoln City have been rocked by the news that influential striker Tom Hopper is set to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

Michael Appleton is also sweating over the fitness of both his key centre-halves ahead of the visit to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

Hopper has made 40 appearances for Lincoln this season but faces a race against time to play any further part in the push for automatic promotion.

“It isn’t particularly good news,” Appleton said.

“He had his scan last night and it’s going to be a six-to-eight-week job.

“It probably looks like his season’s done.”

Call-up for the Sunderland youngster

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Jamie McAllister, Sunderland No2, will be meeting the press from 1.30pm

Jamie McAllister is speaking to the press now

“We have achieved nothing yet in the league, we have a lot of good teams still to play. The next game is always the most important”

Manage the players to keep winning?

“You cannot get carried away, we are building momentum nicely, the lads are in good form and we have strength in depth in the squad.

“We have real quality in the group, we have to keep our feet on the ground. It is a big test in Lincoln, they are a good side. It should be a good game.”

Strong appetite to keep winning?

“There is a great professionalism within the squad, to keep going, train and play well. We dealt with the pressure of Wembley well, the lads have been putting in professional performances and winning games.”

“He was getting a bit of stick, been at Wembley on the bench, no goals, no games and one medal. Not a bad record he has now! I am delighted with him.”

“Aiden O’Brien was on the grass today which was good, a few coming back very shortly and others who are a few weeks away.”

A positive update on Denver Hume

Team spirit looks really strong at Sunderland?

“After the cup win, it gets rid of a few hoodoos of not winning there, next challenge is to try and get promoted, top two or winning the league is our aim.

“We have to concentrate on us and what we do well, we have to impose ourselves on the opposition.”

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