Sunderland injury latest plus contract updates: Jack Ross provides key pre-Newcastle United updates

Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's Checkatrade Trophy tie with Newcastle United - and there was plenty on the agenda.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 07 January, 2019, 13:31
Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's clash with Newcastle United

From injuries to Wembley ambitions, Ross covered a range of subjects in his pre-match briefing. Scroll down and click through the pages to see the key talking points from the Sunderland manager:

"We have no fresh injury worries. We were obviously quite stretched on Saturday with 15 fit outfield players. We're more or less the same."
"We consider the importance of the league game we have this Saturday - that will have an impact. We're obviously restricted with some of the changes we can make with the criteria around the competition."
Genuinely for me this is just another Checkatrade Trophy match. Players have treated every Checkatrade Trophy game in the same way and this will be no different."
"Once you progress from the group, it is appealing because you are only a few matches from Wembley. Given the progress weve made in the competition we want to go all the way and win it."

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"The drive for me is to take the club back into these fixtures properly. It gives us the extra motivation that I will be able to manage Sunderland in a league game against Newcastle, ideally in the top league."
The communication I've had with Stewart [Donald] today is that we are as we were. He'll continue to be part of my squad as long as he trains and performs in matches as he has done."
"I would believe he will continue to improve and get better in this environment. I care about my players and I would love him to progress his career here."
"It is an unusual set of circumstances. It is far from ideal if I am honest as it is a first team game for us."
"What I said post-match on Saturday [that there was no pressure to sell] remains the case, and I've been fairly consistent with my communication. I don't envisage anything changing."