Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Injuries Posing Problems as Boss Coleman Prepares for Millwall Game; THE PREVIEW: Millwall V Sunderland 3pm, the Den

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Injuries Posing Problems as Boss Coleman Prepares for Millwall Game; THE PREVIEW: Millwall V Sunderland 3pm, the Den

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Byline: James Hunter SAFC Writer Twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

ON-LOAN Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria could be back in contention for Sunderland's trip to Millwall today.

And Black Cats boss Chris Coleman says teenage striker Joel Asoro will also be fit to face the Lions providing he suffers no reaction to a knock he suffered in last weekend's draw against Middlesbrough.

But Kazenga LuaLua will again miss out with the ankle injury that has kept him out of the last three games.

"Kaz trained yesterday which was his first session, I think this weekend will be too early for him if I'm honest," said Coleman.

"Joel Asoro got a whack late on against Middlesbrough, came through a session and hopefully doesn't react today. We've got three games in a week so we may need to be careful with him but he should be OK.

"And Ovie trained very well, had a little bit of discomfort but hopefully there'll be no reaction and he will be in contention."

Paddy McNair limped off with a groin injury against Boro and will be sidelined for two or three weeks, while Marc Wilson (groin) and Robbin Ruiter (dislocated finger) are also still out of action.

Coleman (right) said: "It was disappointing to see Paddy go off because he gives us some presence and power, and he is going to be out for at least another two weeks.

"Marc Wilson is still a no. Robbin is going to be out for the rest of the season we think."

On-loan Boro striker Ashley Fletcher is available again this weekend after sitting it out last weekend because he was ineligible to play against his parent club.

And the Black Cats will also be forced into a defensive change with Jake Clarke-Salter beginning a three-game ban following his red card against Boro.

Clarke-Salter's absence means that Ty Browning is likely to return to the side after a two-game absence.

He said: "Ty has trained well. It's his first full season, and he has played most of his career at right-back and has now been converted to a centre-half. …

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