Sunderland arrange friendly against League Two side during international break

Sunderland will face League Two side Carlisle United in a friendly during the international break.

Sunday, 1st September 2019, 10:55 am
Updated Sunday, 1st September 2019, 10:55 am
Sunderland will face Carlisle United in a behind closed doors friendly

The Cumbrians are set to travel to the Academy of Light on Monday, September 2 for a behind closed doors fixture.

United boss Steven Pressley confirmed the clash would take place as he looks to hand game time to a number of fringe players.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Pressley said: “We’re playing a bounce game at Sunderland on Monday, which is something that I think quite a lot of the players require.

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“That’ll give us a chance to get some gametime for those who haven’t played regularly.”

It is likely that Sunderland will also use the friendly as a chance to hand opportunities to players whose game time has been limited in recent weeks – including new signing Joel Lynch, who hasn’t featured yet this season.