February 22, 2024

Michael Beale Rotherham United 1-1 SAFC 29-12-23, EFL Championship. Picture by FRANK REID

Michael Beale has revealed when two of his Sunderland players could return from their respective injuries.

Sunderland are back in action this evening as they travel to Ipswich Town in the Championship.

Michael Beale defeated Preston North End and Hull City over the Christmas break, and he now looks to win his third game in the dugout.

The 43-year-old has the bulk of his team at his disposal in what will be a difficult test for the Black Cats, despite some growing pains.

Beale is especially light on the ground at full-back.

After learning that Dennis Cirkin and Niall Huggins would miss the remainder of the season, there have been requests for Sunderland to make an investment in that position.

Meanwhile, injuries to Patrick Roberts and Bradley Dack have left him with limited options at the top end of the pitch with Alex Pritchard likely to continue in his role on the right flank.

In terms of long-term absentees, two players who have been forgotten about are midfielder Corry Evans and Elliot Embleton.

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