Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Cats take Tottenham defender on trial plus injury latest ahead of Portsmouth trip
Sunderland will hope to continue their fine run of form when they travel to promotion rivals Portsmouth this evening – with Sunday’s Papa John’s Trophy final also on the horizon.
Lee Johnson’s side have won five of their last six matches and climbed to fourth in the table following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Rochdale.
Portsmouth, meanwhile, have won just one of their last six with pressure starting to mount on manager Kenny Jackett.
There could also be some positive news on the injury front with the Black Cats set to welcome back several first-team players this week.
Striker Benji Kimpioka is also back in action following a serious hamstring injury and played 45 minutes for the under-23 side in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the Academy of Light.
The young Black Cats also handed a start to a trialist from Tottenham while Remi Matthews played the first half in goal.
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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer news (8 March)
Last updated: Tuesday, 09 March, 2021, 15:38
- Sunderland are back in action tonight with Lee Johnson’s side set to face Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
- Manager Lee Johnson is hoping for some positive injury news with Sunday’s Papa John’s Trophy final on the horizon.
- The Black Cats are fourth in League One following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Rochdale.
- Sunderland have taken Tottenham defender Aaron Skinner on trial.
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Sunderland have won five of their last six matches to climb up to fourth in the League One table - and will look to extend that run when they face Portsmouth at Fratton Park this evening.
Pompey were beaten 4-1 by Northampton at the weekend but remain sixth in the table, five points behind Sunderland, ahead of tonight’s match.
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Sunderland boss Lee Johnson hopes he’ll have close to a full squad to choose from over the next week.
Defensive duo Bailey Wright and Tom Flanagan have both missed recent matches with calf issues but are expected to return soon.
Tonight’s game is likely to come too soon for Conor McLaughlin following a hernia operation, but the defender could return for Sunday’s Papa John’s Trophy final against Tranmere.
Lynden Gooch and Ross Stewart are also expected to be available again soon, while Grant Leadbitter is managing a shoulder issue.
Kimpioka back for the under-23s
Benji Kimpioka made his Sunderland return as Sunderland U23s drew 1-1 with Newcastle United at the Academy of Light on Monday.
Kimpioka completed 45 minutes alongside senior goalkeeper Remi Matthews as he steps up his recovery from a serious hamstring injury picked up late last year.
Josh Hawkes continued his superb form for the Black Cats by opening the scoring nine minutes into the contest, cutting inside from the left to beat Newcastle goalkeeper Dan Langley.
Sunderland also handed a start to 18-year-old centre-back tralist Aaron Skinner from Tottenham.
Richardson leaves on loan
Sunderland defender Kenton Richardson signed for National League side Notts County on a month-long loan deal yesterday.
The 21-year-old right-back joined Sudnderland from Hartlepool in the summer and has made four appearances for the Black Cats’ under-23 team.
Magpies boss Neal Ardley told the club’s website: “We did our homework on right-backs three weeks ago before signing Tylor Golden.
“At that time, Kenton was on our list but he’d had an injury when he first joined Sunderland and had only had one 90-minute game since.
“That was a concern to us but since then he’s come through another three 90-minute games. Those doubts we had over his fitness have gone out of the window a little bit, so his case became a lot stronger.
“He’s a big, strong, powerful, athletic lad and we’re delighted to have him.”
Jackett under pressure
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett accepts responsibility for the side’s poor form but says they are capable of beating anyone in League One.
Pompey have won just one of their last six games and dropped to sixth in the table following a 4-1 defeat at Northampton .
Pressure has mounted on Jacket ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with promotion rivals Sunderland at Fratton Park but the 59-year-old believes he can turn things around.
“The nature of it is as a manager is the buck stops with me,” said Jackett. “I know that and accept that.
“The results have been disappointing and hard to take. You do feel it 100 per cent as a manager. There is no doubt about it.”
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Striker linked with move away
Sunderland Under-23s striker Mitchell Curry is set to join MLS side Inter Miami CF, according to reports.
The 21-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the season and hasn’t played for the Black Cats since December.
Inter Miami, who are owned by David Beckham, will start their 2021 campaign in the middle of April as they prepare for a second season in the MLS.
According to Roker Rapport, Curry is set to join Phil Neville’s side and the move will be announced when the player is granted a Visa to play in the United States.
Curry joined the Black Cats from Middlesbrough at the start of this season and scored seven goals in 10 appearances for the under-23s side.
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