Sam Allardyce will check on a number of players ahead of Sundays’ Wear-Tyne derby as Ola Toivonen, Jack Rodwell and Duncan Watmore missed the defeat to West Brom through injury.
Jack Rodwell failed to recover from the ankle injury he picked up during last weeks’ League Cup defeat to Man City while team mate Jermaine Defoe was an unused substitute for the second successive match in GW7.
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.