Ross: Maja missed game due to a stom­ach bug

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Jack Ross says Josh Maja missed the 1-1 draw with Lu­ton Town due to a stom­ach bug.

The 20-year-old has 15 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son but is yet to com­mit his long-term fu­ture to the club.

Maja, re­ported to be the sub­ject of strong in­ter­est from clubs in Ger­many, is cur­rently weigh­ing up a con­tract of­fer as his cur­rent deal ex­pires at the end of the sea­son.

Ross in­sists that his ab­sence was down purely to ill­ness.

“I know that there’ll be 101 dif­fer­ent the­o­ries as to why he wasn’t in­volved,” Ross said. “I think gen­er­ally I tell the truth. So when I see he was ill, that is the case.

“I first got word around 10 o’clock last night that he was feel­ing un­well, he de­te­ri­o­rated over night and didn’t get any bet­ter this morn­ing. “The doc­tor went to see him this morn­ing and he wasn’t well, he had a stom­ach bug. “One, Josh is ab­so­lutely not the kind of lad where that wouldn’t be the case. “Two, there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing hap­pen­ing with any club in terms of him leav­ing.

“Three, he just wasn’t well. It is as straight­for­ward as that.”

A host of clubs have been linked with a move for top scorer Maja in­clud­ing Manch­ester City, Bris­tol City, Crys­tal Palace and Middlesbrough, with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur again linked with a sum­mer move for him over the week­end.

The re­port in the Daily Ex­press claimed Spurs are track­ing him and could look to sign him in the sum­mer, while there is also in­ter­est from clubs in Ger­many.

Maja was re­placed in the side by Chris Maguire, who scored the open­ing goal but is fac­ing a po­ten­tial three-game ban af­ter see­ing red in stop­page time.

Ross said the club are likely to ap­peal the de­ci­sion. Maguire was ad­judged to have stamped on Al­lan McCor­mack, some­thing that Ross says re­plays show not to be the case.

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