Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ejaria Set to Be Thrown into the Lions' Den; On-Loan Midfielder Gives Cats a Boost Ahead of Trip to Millwall

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ejaria Set to Be Thrown into the Lions' Den; On-Loan Midfielder Gives Cats a Boost Ahead of Trip to Millwall

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sports writer james.hunter@trinitymirror.com @JHUNTERCHRON

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

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

However, Kazenga LuaLua will again miss out with the ankle injury which has kept him out of the last three games.

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

"Joel Asoro took a whack late on against Middlesbrough, came through a session and hopefully does not react to it.

"We have three games in a week so we may need to be careful with him but he should be OK.

"Ovie trained very well, had a little bit of discomfort but hopefully there will 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 said: "It was disappointing to see Paddy go off because he gives us 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.

The Black Cats will also be forced into a defensive change with J a k e Clarke-Salter beginning Chris Coleman a three-game ban following his red card against Boro.

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

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