Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's trip to Charlton

Sunderland injury boosts revealed plus contract latest: Jack Ross provides key pre-Charlton updates

Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's trip to Charlton Athletic - with transfer talk and contract updates high on the agenda.

Ross provided updates on Josh Maja's contract talks and the latest news as he eyes a transfer breakthrough with the January window now open. Scroll down and click through the pages to see the key updates from the Sunderland manager's media briefing ahead of the trip to Charlton Athletic:

"It's a hectic period for us. The number of fixtures we've had to date in a short period of time, and there's a big week ahead of us as well. It's challenging for us and other teams who face similar."

1. Ross on a busy fixture schedule

"It's a hectic period for us. The number of fixtures we've had to date in a short period of time, and there's a big week ahead of us as well. It's challenging for us and other teams who face similar."
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"They've obviously had very good seasons, but I think we've had a good one. Only losing two league games at this stage is a good record, but their form has been very good and very consistent."

2. What has he made of Portsmouth and Luton?

"They've obviously had very good seasons, but I think we've had a good one. Only losing two league games at this stage is a good record, but their form has been very good and very consistent."
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"I thought from the first game of the season that they would be around us. I think they've shown that as the season has gone on and their home form in particular is very good."

3. The Sunderland boss on Charlton

"I thought from the first game of the season that they would be around us. I think they've shown that as the season has gone on and their home form in particular is very good."
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"That moment it felt, on reflection, appropriate for us to win the game in that manager. Given everything that has happened in the summer, it was vital we continued that optimism."

4. On THAT goal in the last meeting with Charlton

"That moment it felt, on reflection, appropriate for us to win the game in that manager. Given everything that has happened in the summer, it was vital we continued that optimism."
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