Sunderland's rivals Tranmere Rovers dealt major injury blow ahead of Papa John's Trophy final

Former Sunderland striker James Vaughan is out of the Papa John’s Trophy final – after requiring surgery on a knee injury.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 9:52 am
Tranmere Rovers dealt major injury blow ahead of Papa John's Trophy final as ex-Sunderland striker James Vaughan ruled out

The 32-year-old played half a season for the Black Cats during their ill-fated 2017/18 campaign, scoring just twice before departing for Wigan Athletic.

And having endured a nomadic existence since, the striker finally seems to have found a home at Tranmere Rovers

Indeed, he has scored 21 times in 33 appearances this season and was set to lead the line at Wembley against his former club on March 14.

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But having missed the Prenton Park outfit’s 1-0 defeat to Crawley on Saturday, manager Keith Hill confirmed that the striker would undergo surgery on a knee injury on Tuesday – ruling him out of the final.

It’s a blow for Tranmere, who have at times relied heavily upon his goal this term.

Pacy strike Kayne Woolery may start in his place next weekend.