as reported by chroniclelive.co.uk,
Duncan Watmore came through his senior comeback unscathed – but his return to league action will have to wait another week at least.
Sunderland manager Jack Ross has confirmed that Watmore suffered no ill-efects following his 65-minute run-out in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy win over Notts County, which was the 24-year-old’s first game in more than 12 months after he ruptured his cruciate ligament for the second time in November last year.
But Ross is determined to stick to the plan devised for Watmore’s return, which means he will not be involved in a second game in the space of five days when the Black Cats visit Accrington Stanley this weekend.
The forward will instead be part of the squad for Tuesday’s FA Cup second round replay against Walsall at the Stadiium of Light, and assuming there are no problems he could then be considered for the league game at home to Bristol Rovers the following weekend.
“Duncan will not be involved on Saturday, but that was always the plan,” said Ross.
“He’s had no adverse reaction to Tuesday, mentally he feels brilliant, physically he is a bit stiff as you could imagine after so long out.
“But the plan was always for him to be involved in that game and then we’ll look at him next week potentially for the FA Cup replay, and then we start to build up towards Bristol.
“It’s actually worked out really well in terms of the timing of the games.