Ethan set to fea­ture in come­back from an­kle in­jury

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Ethan Rob­son is set to make his come­back for Sunderland against Manch­ester City U21s tonight.

The 22-year-old has been miss­ing since Oc­to­ber with an an­kle prob­lem but will re­turn in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy quar­ter-fi­nal.

Jack Ross had been weigh­ing up play­ing Rob­son in an U23 game against Charl­ton last night but will in­stead have the tal­ented mid­fielder in his ranks at the Sta­dium of Light.

Ross will make changes to his usual league side for the game, but Bali Mumba is sus­pended.

“Ethan will be in­volved with us in the squad,” Ross said. “He’s ob­vi­ously not played since the Carlisle game but he’ll hope­fully get some game time.”

An­other promis­ing young­ster closin g in on a re­turn is left­back Den­ver Hume.

Hume played his way into first team con­tention ear­lier in the sea­son but suf­fered a bad knee in­jury in the open­ing stages of a 1-1 draw with Coven­try City back in Septem­ber. Hume is back in full train­ing but tonight’s game comes too soon for him. “He joined in with bits of train­ing last week,” Ross said. “This will be his first week of full train­ing, he’s ob­vi­ously been out since the Coven­try game, which is quite a long time.

“He’s looked good, fit and strong.

“He’ll need a cou­ple of weeks of full train­ing be­fore we get him in­volved in games.”

The likes of Bryan Oviedo and Alim Oz­turk are likely to fea­ture as Ross ro­tates his squad.

“We don’t play Satur­day so that has helped my squad se­lec­tion,” Ross said. “We’ve got quite a few bumps and bruises from Scun­thorpe, which we’ll have to as­sess over the next 24 hours.

“It’s im­por­tant we get some game time into those that haven’t had a lot of it re­cently.”

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