Tony Mowbray confirms Sunderland injury twist with 23-year-old now facing ‘a few weeks’ out

Sunderland may have Daniel Ballard available to play Plymouth Argyle, but Dennis Cirkin will be sidelined for ‘a few weeks,’ according to Tony Mowbray.

Sunderland were no strangers to injury issues last season, and they haven’t fared much better this season. Over the international break, further concerns were raised about defensive staple Ballard, who picked up a muscular problem while playing for Northern Ireland.

Mowbray, addressing to the press before of this weekend’s game against Plymouth Argyle, has sought to allay anxieties.

The Sunderland Echo said that the Black Cats boss revealed that Ballard trained as scheduled on Thursday and that if he can avoid a response on Friday, he should be good to make the lengthy travel down to Home Park.


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However, left-back Cirkin, who missed Birmingham City’s triumph before the break, is set to miss time.

It is unknown how long the ex-Spurs kid will be out, but Mowbray believes it will be “a few weeks.”

“Dennis isn’t in shape; he hasn’t trained this week.”

“Dan Ballard trained with us today, so we’ll just have to deal with that.” We’ll see what happens tomorrow and whether he can come with us.”

He later stated of Cirkin:

“I’m not sure how long Dennis will be out at this point; all I know is that he isn’t ready to train with us yet and hasn’t been training with us.” I don’t think it’s a severe issue, just a few weeks off with a muscular injury.”


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