Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Roy Keane to Celtic and Jordan Jones injury latest as Lee Johnson's side prepare for Bristol Rovers clash

Sunderland are gearing up for this weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers and could move into the automatic promotion places with a win at the Memorial Stadium.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:20 pm

Lee Johnson’s side have won eight of their last 10 games in League One and saw promotion rivals Peterborough lose 3-1 at Blackpool earlier this week.

The Black Cats will be hoping for positive news on the injury front after Rangers loanee Jordan Jones was forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Jones has missed Sunderland’s last three matches, including the Papa John’s Trophy final at Wembley, but was involved in some light training sessions last week.

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Sunderland boss Lee Johnson.

Left-back Denver Hume has also been stepping up his recovery following a hamstring issue and should provide another boost for the Black Cats in the coming weeks.

We’ll have the latest news, analysis, transfer talk and more from the Stadium of Light throughout the day.

Sunderland AFC transfer news: LIVE (March 25)

Last updated: Thursday, 25 March, 2021, 13:02

  • Sunderland are preparing for this weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers.
  • The Black Cats could move into the automatic promotion places with a win.
  • The EFL has confirmed that it has recorded zero positive Covid-19 tests for the first time.

Sunderland are two days away from this weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers - while there is plenty to discuss in and around the Stadium of Light.

We’ll have the latest Black Cats news, analysis transfer talk and more throughout the day.

Stick around and refresh the page for live updates.

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith held his weekly Q&A yesterday.

Read about Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ plans, injury latest and Jordan Jones HERE

Jordan Jones injury latest

Here’s what our Sunderland writer Phil Smith had to say about Jordan Jones’ injury:

“The club has been understandably cautious in putting a timeframe on this but I think we can probably make some reasonable judgements from what we know so far.

“Interestingly, Northern Ireland confirmed last week that Jones would have been called into the squad for the current round of fixtures, were it not for his injury.

“The good news is that he was starting to do some work towards the end of last week, though at that stage he was not yet back training on the grass.

“So I think it’s fair to deduct that he’s unlikely to be involved this weekend, but hopefully he’ll be nearing contention by the time those crucial Easter fixtures come around.

“We’ll get an update from Lee Johnson ahead of the Bristol Rovers game on how he is faring.”

What the table looks like

Here’s what the League One table looks like heading into the weekend.

Sunderland’s promotion rivals Peterborough were beaten 3-1 at Blackpool on Tuesday.

The EFL has confirmed yesterday that it has recorded zero positive Covid-19 tests for the first time.

A total of 5524 players and Club staff from all 72 EFL Clubs were tested as part of last week’s testing programme, with today’s results covering all tests undertaken from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 March.

EFL Chief Executive, Trevor Birch said: “Today’s results are a testament to the hard work and efforts of all EFL Clubs during what has been a particularly challenging period.

“For 12 months we, like the rest of the society, have been dictated to by this virus. However, the stringent protocols implemented across the board have ensured that we are now able to turn our attention to returning to a certain level of normality.

“Our focus must be on maintaining this low transmission rate and then ensure supporters can return in full as quickly as is safe to do so. Football remains one of the most heavily regulated areas of crowd management, with EFL Clubs already demonstrating they can stage matches safely during a successful pilot programme earlier in the season.”

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Indeed, reports have even suggested that the Black Cats have opened talks over a permanent deal for the youngster.

But one club who aren’t interested in Sanderson is Bristol City.

While national reports linked the Robins with a move, the Bristol Post claim he is ‘not a player of interest’ at present.

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Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has met with Sunderland fans

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has spoken with directly Sunderland fans for the first time since his takeover.

The 23-year-old, who purchased a majority stake in the Black Cats from Stewart Donald last month, held a virtual structured dialogue meeting with supporters on Wednesday evening.

It is the first time Louis-Dreyfus has communicated directly with fans since the deal was agreed and it is understood that he gave an encouraging presentation on his plans for the future of the Black Cats.

Fans were also able to pose questions of Louis-Dreyfus and other senior club officials with a number of Sunderland supporters groups attending the meeting. The full minutes expected to be published in the near future.

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