This is why Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke aren't in the Sunderland squad at Plymouth this afternoon

Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady both miss out at Plymouth Argyle as Sunderland manage the pair's minor injury issues.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 2:09 pm

McGeady has been suffering with swelling to the foot of late and also has a broken nose, while Wyke, who has not missed a league game in 2021, is managing a thigh issue.

Sunderland have been handed one boost, with Conor McLaughlin returning to the starting XI after making an unexpectedly swift recovery from a hernia operation.

That is turn allowed captain Max Power to return to a more natural central midfield role.

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Charlie Wyke is absent from the Sunderland squad this afternoon
Charlie Wyke is absent from the Sunderland squad this afternoon

McGeady and Wyke's absences have handed opportunities to impress to Jack Diamond and Ross Stewart, while Jordan Jones has also returned to the starting XI in place of Aiden O'Brien.

Head Coach Lee Johnson referring to Wyke and McGeady, said on Wednesday that he would be monitoring a couple of minor knocks ahead of the game.

While conscious of the need to secure a play-off place this afternoon, the prospect of an extra three weeks of the season is clearly a consideration.

"“We’ve got a couple of other considerations for the game this weekend, although I don’t really want to reveal too much at the moment,” Johnson said.

“There’s a couple where we’ll have to see how they recover. It’s a couple of niggles from the game [against Blackpool), and it’s a difficult one.

“If you guaranteed me a ticket for the play-offs, then there’s a couple that I wouldn’t play, and they’re good players.

"Potentially, they may be ruled out anyway, but that balance is a very difficult one to strike given that knife-edge that we’re on at the moment.”