North East UK news Sunderland's Josh Scowen in contention for Oxford trip despite missing training MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Phil Parkinson has given an injury update ahead of Sunderland's weekend visit to Oxford United
Breaking News ! Josh Scowen is expected to be available for Sunderland's weekend trip to Oxford United despite being given time off due to a family bereavement. Fans are keen to see the midfielder start more games after he stood out in the EFL Trophy win over Aston Villa U21s last week, and with George Dobson beginning a three-match suspension following his red card against Bristol Rovers last Saturday, he is likely to come into contention at the Kassam Stadium. Manager Phil Parkinson revealed today that Scowen was given permission to attend a funeral today, but said the 27-year-old is due to link up with the rest of the Sunderland squad when they travel South tomorrow. "Josh has not been with us - he has had a family bereavement and has been at a funeral today," said Parkinson. "I'm hoping he'll be fine. I'm going to speak to him later today and then the plan is for him to meet us down there tomorrow." Another contentder to fill the vacancy left by Dobson is Grant Leadbitter. Parkinson said "We've got players who can come into the side in that position. Sign up for our Sunderland newsletter for takeover and transfer updates There's never a normal day on Wearside when it comes to Sunderland. Just as soon as Stewart Donald joined to herald a new era at the Stadium of Light, he is seemingly on his way out as owner. Speculation has ran wild over the summer about a pending sale of the club, and there's plenty going on - and it can be hard to keep track of. By signing up to our twice daily newsletter, you'll get all the latest news on Sunderland, their takeover and transfers straight to your inbox. We'll also send out special newsletters with any breaking news.
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"Grant had a bit of a dead leg earlier in the week but overall he has been a real plus for us, Josh has been pushing really hard for a place too. "There's Lynden Gooch who hasn't started yet, and young Dan Neil as well. "Max [Power] can play that holding role, Grant has played it all his career, Josh has played it although he is more competing with Chris Maguire on the right-hand side of a three in that system. "It's just a question of choosing the right person in terms of the way we want to approach the game, and whoever comes in has the chance to stake a claim for the shirt." Young midfielder Elliot Embleton is still making his way back from a thigh strain he suffered in pre-season, and Parkinson says he will need to build up his match fitness in the U23s - although Monday's Premier League 2 opener at Burnley will come too soon for him. He said: "Elliot is making progress will hopefully be training next week but we are going to take some time to make sure he is right. He is going to need some U23 games before he is ready for selection because he hasn't played for a long time. "There's an U23 game on Monday night at Burnley, but he won't quite be ready for that one."
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