Sunderland’s Vaughan hit by Hampden KO, but should be fit for Man Utd

David Vaughan.
David Vaughan.
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DAVID Vaughan is expected to be fit for Sunderland’s visit of Manchester United next weekend, despite withdrawing from the Wales squad last night, writes CHRIS YOUNG.

The Sunderland midfielder has been ruled out of Wales’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden tomorrow night due to a groin problem.

But Wales boss Chris Coleman is hopeful that Vaughan, who has featured in the last two qualifiers, will be available for Tuesday’s encounter with Croatia at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, and the Welsh FA have confirmed he is in the squad for next week’s game.

That diagnosis should see Vaughan remain in contention for Sunderland’s encounter with the league leaders on Saturday week after returning to the fold against Norwich last Sunday.

Vaughan replaced January signing Alfred N’Diaye in central midfield for the 1-1 draw against the Canaries after being handed his first start since last month’s defeat at Reading.

But injury prevents Vaughan from coming up against Sunderland team-mate Steven Fletcher tomorrow, in the first competitive game of new Scotland boss Gordon Strachan’s tenure.

Vaughan is joined by Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen and Leeds striker Steve Morison in missing the game for Wales, while Spurs winger Gareth Bale is yet to train due to an ankle problem.

Meanwhile, Sunderland youngsters Connor Wickham, Danny Rose and Jordan Pickford are all on England duty tonight.

Striker Wickham and on-loan Spurs left-back Rose are in the Under-21 squad to face Romania at Wycombe’s Adams Park, in a warm-up game for the summer’s European Championships.

And rookie Black Cats stopper Pickford, currently on loan at Blue Square Premier outfit Alfreton Town, is among the Under-19s squad to face Turkey at AFC Telford.