Sunderland handed injury boost ahead of Wembley: Jack Ross offers key pre-Portsmouth updates

Sunderland manager Jack Ross faced the press ahead of the Checkatrade Trophy final with Portsmouth today - and there was plenty on the agenda.

Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 1:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 1:43 pm
Jack Ross faced the press ahead of the Wembley clash with Portsmouth

With the trip to Wembley now just four days away, the Black Cats' boss offered some key updates ahead of the crunch clash - including the latest on striker Will Grigg. Scroll down and click through the pages to see what he had to say ahead of the trip to the national stadium:

"Will Grigg should be okay. He has done bits with the staff today and should train fully over the next couple of days."
"It's the first part of rewarding them for their loyalty and commitment. Hopefully at times through the league campaign we've rewarded them, but this wekeend gives them a day out."

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"We've created a culture where the levels the players train at is really good. There has been that extra quality this week, the players are desperate to be involved."
"I don't think winning on Sunday will have any massive bearing on what happens in the league. There's ten games remaining - none is more or less important. They'll all huge games for us."
"There is a financial benefit to the club as well and given recent years that can't be ignored. Part of my responsibility is to help that."
"Probably just the same pressure you feel every single week. That expectation to win is always there and we've accepted it. I don't think that pressure really changes much."
"I think so. I've said often enough that I was made aware quite quickly what getting to Wembley would mean to the club and it's fanbase. That has been reflected in the demand for tickets."
"I think the enforced break was good for us as it allowed us to have some time off - players and staff - and we have a congested fixture list following the final as well."
"If you're involved in the professional aspect of the game, you learn to grow that the opportunities to win silverware don't come around very often. We've got the opportunity to win a trophy."