Sunderland v Shrewsbury EFL Cup preview: Jordan Pickford to start for Black Cats
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 24/08/16 7:42pm
Jordan Pickford will start Sunderland's EFL Cup second-round clash with Shrewsbury as the club awaits news of Vito Mannone's arm injury.
England Under-21 international Pickford would have got the nod anyway, but Max Stryjek is likely to take his place on the bench with Mannone having been sent for X-rays on an elbow problem suffered in training.
Defender John O'Shea (hip) and midfielder Fabio Borini (toe) will miss out as they join Lamine Kone (back), Billy Jones (hip), Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring), Lee Cattermole (hernia surgery) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) on the sidelines
Sunderland have never lost against Shrewsbury, winning six and drawing two of their eight second tier league meetings between 1979 and 1989.
This will be Shrewsbury's 31st consecutive League Cup tie against higher ranked opposition. They have won five of their last seven, with both defeats coming against Premier League clubs.
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The Black Cats have reached the third round in seven of the last eight seasons, including reaching the final in 2014.
Indeed, David Moyes' last games in the League Cup were with Man United in the 2014 semi-finals - losing out to Sunderland on penalties.