Sunderland handed fresh fitness concern ahead of play-offs as defender misses Lincoln City clash

The Northern Irish worldwide is absent from the squad at Sincil Bank after a current hernia operation – with head coach Lee Johnson having mentioned this week that he had ‘one or two’ health doubts forward of the sport.

But the Black Cats are bolstered by the return of Tom Flanagan, who makes his first senior look for the reason that Papa John’s Trophy Final.

Flanagan’s return is certainly one of simply two adjustments made by Johnson, with Aiden McGeady coming again into the facet rather than Jack Diamond.

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Lee Johnson has named his Sunderland team to face Lincoln City in the League One play-offs

Lee Johnson has named his Sunderland group to face Lincoln City within the League One play-offs

Sunderland are anticipated to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Lynden Gooch taking part in simply behind Charlie Wyke.

Luke O’Nien is predicted to play at right-back with Max Power remaining in midfield.

Hosts Lincoln, in the meantime, welcome again defender Adam Jackson to their beginning line-up – whereas emergency mortgage signing Josef Bursik begins in purpose.

The Imps might be roared on by over 3,000 followers this night as supporters return to the LNER Stadium.

Sunderland AFC XI: Burge, Flanagan, Wright, Power, Wyke, Gooch, O’Nien, Scowen, Jones, McGeady, Hume

Sunderland AFC subs: Matthews, Maguire, Diamond, Leadbitter, McFadzean, Winchester, Stewart

Lincoln City XI: Bursik, Poole, Jackson, Eyoma, Edun, Bridcutt, Grant, Johnson, Rodgers, Scully, Hopper

Lincoln City subs: Long, Montsma, Sanders, Bramall, McGrandles, Morton Anderson

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