Sunderland lost for the third time in their last four preseason tilts, today looking unsettled in a 2-0 loss to League One side Doncaster Rovers.
Jack Rodwell was in the middle of just about everything as Sunderland came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is expecting Adam Johnson to recover from a calf injury in time to face Burnley at the Stadium of Light in game week 23 but the Black Cats do have a number of concerns ahead of the match.
Jack Rodwell was conspicuous in his absence on Monday as Gus Poyet made four changes ahead of the game at Selhurst Park following a disappointing run of recent results.
Jack Rodwell scored on his home debut, but it's too early to get excited about his prospects as a fantasy asset.
This may not sound like a big deal but for a player who has been dogged by injury issues, playing injury-free for even a half is a good sign.
Forgotten man Jack Rodwell finally has a chance to start again as he has completed a move from the bench at Manchester City to the starting eleven at Sunderland.
Sunderland will go head-to-head with Everton for Manchester City outcast Jack Rodwell, according to the Daily Star newspaper.
New West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has hinted he could be interested in making a move for Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell.
Manchester City's Jack Rodwell has earned a call-up to the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.