Un­der-23s out­ing next for Wat­more on come­back trail

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Jack Ross says the next step in Dun­can Wat­more’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will be to fea­ture for the Un­der-23s.

The 24-year-old this week stepped up his re­turn from a sec­ond se­ri­ous knee in­jury with a 25-minute run out in a train­ing ground game at the Academy of Light.

Ross has al­ways been keen not to put an ex­act timescale on when he will re­turn to first team du­ties and says that re­mains the case.

Ross said: “I’ve been very con­sis­tent in that an­swer that I’ve never put a time frame on it.

“I’ve been con­sis­tent in my con­ver­sa­tions with Dun­can on that too, hence the rea­son he has re­sponded so well and his progress has been so con­sis­tent.

“Touch wood, the work that has been done with him on the med­i­cal and sport science side has been fan­tas­tic and it’s al­lowed him to progress at this re­ally steady rate. He feels good about him­self.

“He played a lit­tle bit of an in-house bounce game and the next step will be get­ting him in­volved with the Un­der-23s and when he gets through that we start to as­sess when he could be in­volved in first team games. “But there’s no de­fin­i­tive time­line on it.”

Bali Mumba has been called up to the Eng­land U18 squad to play in a four na­tion tour­na­ment in Spain next week.

Neil Dews­nip’s squad will head to Mur­cia for three games, kick­ing-off on Thurs­day 15 Novem­ber against the Nether­lands at the Pi­natar Arena be­fore tak­ing on Repub­lic of Ire­land two days later and Bel­gium on Mon­day, Novem­ber 19.

Sun­der­land mid­fielder El­liot Em­ble­ton - cur­rently on loan at League Two Grimsby Town has been named in the Eng­land U20 squad to face Ger­many on Mon­day, Novem­ber 19 at Colch­ester.

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Dun­can Wat­more.

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