My reading of it is that it depends on (a) the three players being fit and on form to be picked by Northern Ireland and Scotland and (b) Sunderland's new manager Phil Parkinson deciding that he doesn't want Sunderland to build up too much of a fixture backlog if he can do without those three players.
The Scots play on Saturday 16th away in Cyprus, whereas NI don't play until Tuesday 19th (away in Germany). The squads are normally announced a week ahead, so I guess Sunderland would make up their minds by about Saturday 9th November...-ish.
Jon McLaughlin's Scotland call-up increases chances of Sunderland's trip to Bristol Rovers being postponed The chances of Sunderland’s League One game at Bristol Rovers being postponed have increased following Jon McLaughlin’s Scotland call-up.
McLaughlin was today named in the Scotland squad to face Cyprus and Kazakhstan later this month.
Sunderland are due to play Bristol Rovers away the weekend of November 16, when the next round of international fixtures fall, but as things stand Phil Parkinson would be without Jon McLaughlin, while Lee Burge is yet to return to training following a thigh injury.
Teenage keeper Anthony Patterson has been on the bench in recent games.
Sunderland could request a postponement from the EFL provided the club receives the number of international call-ups that would trigger a postponement.
Clubs can request a postponement if they have a total of three players, senior or Under-21 level, away on international duty.
Northern Ireland duo Tom Flanagan and Conor McLaughlin are also expected to be called up, while teenage striker Benji Kimpioka has been a regular in the Sweden youth squad.
When asked about the upcoming Bristol Rovers game at the weekend, Parkinson said: “We have to wait and see who is called up officially. The problem we have is the goalkeeping situation, we have to assess Burgey.
We don’t want to go into the game weakened and give them the advantage.”
Sunderland, who beat Southend United 1-0 at the weekend, have a short break from league action with games in the EFL Trophy and FA Cup over the coming week.
Goalkeepers: Craig MacGillivray (Portsmouth), David Marshall (Wigan Athletic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)
Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic)
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
Forwards: Oliver Burke (Alaves)*, James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (AFC Bournemouth), Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United), Steven Naismith (Hearts), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)
That is THREE PLAYERS SO SUNDELAND MATCH ON 16 NOVEMBER IS OFF ? SO TUES 26 NOV OR TUES 3 DECEMBER REARRANGED MATCH ?
Post by kingswood Polak on Nov 7, 2019 11:39:39 GMT
Have been quietly hoping it’s called off as it will give THD and JCH more time to heal, maybe some development squad time. I do fear that THD will not last long, regardless but I pray I am wrong and he fulfills his obvious potential and gets to play at an higher level, preferably with us but I doubt it. I feel much more positive with JCH as his injuries have been of a different nature and, if GC is right, then he wants to play much earlier than the medics give the go ahead. I feel he is enjoying his football with us. Lord knows, I and many others, in their mid fifties upwards, have been waiting to see us in a new stadium and in the championship for a long time. The child in me would love to witness the 82 owners face IF we ever did get into the 2nd tier again and playing them. Imagine spending over 150 million and ongoing, to see us, in the same division. That thought is worth me hanging on for, at least until end of season. As Kevin Keegan once famously said, I’d love it, I’d just love it if we beat them. The irony here is that I’ve never hated the 82 as dad took us to both but I do have an intense dislike for Steve Lansdown, one, he is a turncoat so they should understand that he could do the same with them. There are strong rumours of them being up for sale and two, the Taylor incident. It paints him in a very poor light. Reality tells me will will be lower to mid table, once the real winter is upon us and more injuries come. I think I can only dream of us going up. I don’t even think about a stadium, I won’t do unless we do get sold and true footballing people are involved.
if you see me twitch in my sleep, it’s not women nor booze I’m chasing but the truth.
Two Rovers players have been called up for international duty for the coming period of fixtures.
Anssi Jaakkola has looked consistent in the Rovers net this year and has been called up once again for the Finland set up as his home nation face Leichtenstein and Greece on the 15th and 18th of November respectively.
Meanwhile, Luca Hoole's impressive season continues, building on his first appearance for the first team and his part in the under 18s progression to the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup to receive a call-up for the Wales Under 19s. He will be part of a Cymru squad that will face Poland, Russia and Kosovo at home, inside the space of a week, attempting to qualify for the European U19s championship. Full information on these Under 19s games can be found here including details on the dates, locations and kick-off times for the fixtures to be played across Wales.
More time to heal. Don't you just love the crap some gasheads come out with. We have been s*** recently with a full squad available. If you mean scraping the odd win and putting people off coming to the next home game job done. Unfortunately it's not about the hard core supporters we as a club need more. The football being played is fing dire. Hence s*** crowds people aren't stupid.