LEE Johnson admits that Sunderland are very brief on numbers within the squad with gradual progress within the switch market and mounting accidents.
The Black Cats are simply over two weeks away from the start of the League One season and have a lot of gamers on the therapy desk.
New signing Alex Pritchard is presently serving a interval of self isolation after contracting Covid whereas Luke O’Nien has been out of motion however is anticipated to return quickly.
The supervisor informed media final evening that defender Bailey Wright missed the 1-1 pleasant draw with York Metropolis as a result of a groin damage.
Current hypothesis instructed that Bailey has been linked with a transfer to Wigan Athletic.
The membership have signed Pritchard, Corry Evans and Callum Doyle however Johnson acknowledges the necessity for extra our bodies by the door earlier than the league opener towards Wigan Athletic on the Stadium of Mild on seventh August.
“It’s onerous to place a quantity on as a result of each particular person that you just usher in has a domino impact to then what goes on.
“We’ve received three or 4 not right here for those who assume Bailey Wright and his groin, Pritch (Alex Pritchard) along with his Covid stuff and Luke O’Nien can be out there now as of Saturday.
“However I believe we’d like a number of, I’ll be trustworthy with you. In the event you gave me six, I’ll take six. I’d take 4 in the event that they’re top quality and never amount however I believe we’d like a number of.
“In the event you look a centre-halves for instance, we’re available in the market for a centre-half. It’s as a result of Arby (Arbinet Xhemajli) is out till in all probability January at one of the best once we can actually begin judging him correctly.
“You’ve received to offer him the area to develop the muscle groups across the knee and construct his method in and construct his confidence. It was a nasty one which.
“Clearly you’ve received Luke O’Nien that may clearly fill in if you could.
“I believe naturally there’s curiosity in our gamers as there was both with those we launch on the finish of the season or those we’ve received.
“We take each resolution on it’s deserves however for the advantage of Sunderland before everything.”
The Black Cats subsequent pre-season pleasant is that this weekend away to Harrogate City on Saturday.