Tony Mowbray Previews Baggies Clash

2M01YFH Sunderland Manager Tony Mowbray during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Millwall at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 3rd December 2022. (Credit: Michael Driver | MI News) Credit: MI News & Sport /Alamy Live News

Tony Mowbray has suggested that Sunderland are finally at the stage “where everyone is available” for the first time since his arrival.

Speaking ahead of Monday night’s game against a resurgent West Brom, Mowbray is confident that all his players are close to a return to first-team action. This is something that Mowbray has not had at his disposal since his appointment at the Stadium of Light in August.

The injury crisis began when marquee summer signing Dan Ballard fractured his foot only three games into the season. Ross Stewart then picked up a thigh injury in the warmup to the Middlesbrough game, which was only Mowbray’s second game. However, Stewart is now back in the squad ready for Monday’s fixture.

When asked about the remaining injuries, Mowbray said:” Ballard has been in full training the last couple of days and I think we’re now looking at giving him some game time at Reading away, he looks really powerful and impressive. We’re nearly getting to the point where everyone is available. Edouard Michut is out there and ready to train.”

Mowbray added:” Alex Pritchard hasn’t trained this week; he came off last weekend after feeling a bit of tightness in his groin but I think he’ll be fine”.