Podcaster Rory Fallow hopes to see Jordan Jones return to the Sunderland lineup following some time out with injury.
The Northern Irish winger, on loan from Rangers, has been out of action for the past few weeks having picked up a hamstring injury in their victory over Portsmouth back in March. Jones has been a pretty influential figure for the Black Cats since he arrived in January, scoring two goals and chipping in with three assists.
And speaking on the latest edition of the Wise Men Say podcast, Fallow said that given the recent videos that have emerged on social media of Jones in training, that hopefully it means he will be in the picture for their game against Oxford United.
He said: “I think it’d be good if we could see an hour out of Jordan Jones. He’s been out for, I think it’s three weeks now. But looking at the clips the club have shared on social media, he seems to be training.
“Obviously, you don’t know if he’s in full training – but there’s videos of him like doing sprints and stuff like that. And if you’ve had a hamstring injury and you’re doing intense stuff like that, does kind of suggest you’re near full fitness.”
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Fallow seems to have the attitude of not wanting to rush him back, talking about only using him for an hour, and given where Sunderland are in the table, it’s a very delicate balancing act between getting an important player back to make an impact, and managing him so that he can be effective in the long-run.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has hinted in his press conference that he will be ‘in the squad’, but whether that means he will start with the chances of being taken off early, or used as a sub and brought on late, or just not used at all, we’ll have to wait and see.