Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Charlton boss discusses Aiden McGeady move as Oxford tickets sell out
The Sunderland squad are stepping up preparations ahead of the visit of Ipswich Town on Saturday, with Joel Lynch and Charlie Wyke a doubt for the game.
The Black Cats are waiting on results of a scan of a rib injury for Lynch and shoulder injury for Wyke ahead of the weekend clash at the Stadium of Light.
Scroll down to catch up with all the latest injury news from the Academy of Light and to see how the day unfolded:
Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Updates from the Stadium of Light (Feb 4)
Last updated: Tuesday, 04 February, 2020, 17:18
- Sunderland have a free week ahead of the visit of Ipswich Town on Saturday.
- Joel Lynch's head injury is not serious, though the club are waiting on scan results from a rib injury.
- Charlie Wyke is another doubt for the weekend with a shoulder problem.
- Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has been discussing Aiden McGeady's move to the Valley.
Hello and welcome to Tuesday's live Sunderland blog ahead of another busy day at the Stadium of Light.
We'll have the latest news and injury updates throughout the day.
Big game this weekend
Verdict from the Ipswich Town camp ahead of the weekend
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert insists his side will bounce back quickly after Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Peterborough.
The Tractor Boys have slipped to fourth in League One ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland and have now suffered back-to-back defeats.
Yet Lambert believes he’ll see a reaction from his side at the Stadium of Light, with both clubs battling for promotion.
"The lads will bounce back," said Lambert after Saturday’s defeat.
"They'll bounce back as quick as they can. We're five points off it, it's not a major disaster."
Update on Joel Lynch's injury - Initial hospital tests have indicated he has not suffered a serious head injury.
There had been major concern for the 32-year-old on Saturday when he was knocked unconscious in the latter stages of the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon
Lynch had collided with goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin as the pair combined to clear a long ball through the middle.
Play continued for a brief period but once the referee brought it to a halt, Lynch immediately received medical attention. He left the ground on a stretcher and was taken straight to hospital.
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Marc McNulty claims Phil Parkinson wanted to keep him at Sunderland
The striker, who joined from Hibernian on deadline day, has spoken out on the circumstances surrounding his exit.
"It was a bit of a nightmare," he joked, when quizzed on how it felt waiting for the move to go through.
"It was quite difficult because the Sunderland manager wanted to keep me, and it's hard leaving a club like that.
"It's a massive club and you want to play for big clubs. There was a chance of a potential promotion on my CV, but you want to play and be involved in a team.
"He was brilliant to be fair - except for not playing me!"
Was Will Grigg attracting deadline day interest?
Oxford tickets sold out
Tickets for Sunderland AFC’s upcoming trip to Oxford United are now sold out.
Phil Parkinson’s side will be backed by yet another bumper crowd on the road, as 1,822 supporters travel to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday 15 February.
Fans are advised that the club will not be receiving a further allocation for this fixture.
Lee Bowyer on Aiden McGeady signing
“I had no doubts,” said the Charlton manager. “Whatever happens at other clubs is nothing to do with what is going to happen at our club. He was one of the best players in League One last season."
“When they played at our place he was their biggest threat. He scores goals and gets assists and can just make something happen out of nothing. He’ll be a good addition to our squad and he’ll bring us something a little different to what we’ve got. He can play out wide or he can play as a 10.”
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