Black Cats on comeback trail
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland defenders Stephen Wright and George McCartney are back in action.
Sunderland defenders Stephen Wright and George McCartney are back on the comeback trail for Mick McCarthy's side.
Former Liverpool full back Wright was tipped to be out for some time but is pencilled in for a run-out in the reserve team against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday.
McCartney, who has been out for the entire season, had a hamstring operation in August but will be on the bench for the second string clash.
Kevin Kyle will play the 90 minutes as McCarthy welcomes several key figures back into the fold with Sunderland looking to pull off mission impossible by avoiding relegation back to The Championship.
McCarthy is also hoping Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliott is fit again soon after making slow progress in his recovery from a back problem.
"He's an important player and we would like to see him back playing again," confessed McCarthy.
"But there's no point for his long-term future in trying to rush him back."