Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boss's Fitness Challenge to Rodwell; Black Cats Boss: I Might Need to Say 'Come on Jack, Here's Your Chance.'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boss's Fitness Challenge to Rodwell; Black Cats Boss: I Might Need to Say 'Come on Jack, Here's Your Chance.'

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @sturayner

CHRIS Coleman has challenged Jack Rodwell to grit his teeth and come to Sunderland's rescue this afternoon. Darron Gibson's groin strain could leave the Black Cats short of midfielders for the trip to Sheffield United. Rodwell could be the solution but Coleman has put the onus on the 26-year-old to ask to play. It is perhaps the biggest of Sunderland's many frustrations this season that all they have had in return for Rodwell's PS70,000-a-week wages is 156 minutes of first-team football. He is back in training after a hamstring injury picked up training for Coleman's first game but the question his manager posed is whether he feels ready to play. "He might have to," Coleman reasoned after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham City. "I might need to say, 'Come on Jack, come on, here's your chance.' "He has had a hamstring injury. He hasn't been training with us but with the medical team. It has been a gruelling regime for him and I have told him. I told him, he can take this two ways, that he has been punted TuFROM BACK PAGE and we are not bothered, or he can say, 'I am going to be as fit as I have ever been, so if my chance comes I will take it.' That's down to Jack. "It's his responsibility. It's not mine to make someone say I am ready to play. It's self-motivation and it's as simple as that. "What we do know is that Jack needs to be playing football. I won't be the only manager to have said that. "We can't afford any stragglers, we can't carry anyone. We need players here with an appetite to play football. Ability is never in question with Jack. He has to play more football. I don't care how he does it, he just needs to be on the pitch more." Rodwell - the only survivor from last season's squad not to have his wages cut upon relegation - was booed by Sunderland fans in his only start this season, ironically against the Blades. …

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