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McGeady back early for treatment; Sunderland should have no other concerns from internationals

Simon Grayson’s main concern ahead of Saturday’s game with Sheffield United is the fitness of Aiden McGeady but the rest of the Sunderland players away on international duty appear to have come through their games unscathed.

Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady looks set to miss Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United but the Black Cats appear to have no more injury concerns from players returning from international matches.

Didier Ndong, Lamine Kone, John O’Shea and new signing Jonny Williams played no part on the pitch in their country’s fixtures while Bryan Oviedo appears to have come through two games for Costa Rica unscathed.

McGeady had returned to Wearside for treatment by the time the Republic of Ireland kicked off their game against Serbia last night.

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea was an unused substitute for the second Eire game in a row as Martin O’Neill’s side were beaten by a goal to nil in Dublin.

New signing Jonny Williams - on loan at the Stadium of Light from Crystal Palace for the season - has not featured for Wales who beat Austria at the weekend and Moldova last night in their brace of qualifying games.

Wales Training Session and Press Conference
Jonny Williams training with the Welsh squad
Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong left the Gabonese camp following a bust-up as his teammates were first beaten 3-0 by the Ivory Coast before keeping their faint hopes of World Cup qualification alive with a 2-1 victory in the follow-up - despite playing the second half with ten men.

Lamine Kone played no part in either fixture - missing the first game and sitting out the second on the bench.

Black Cats left back Bryan Oviedo first came through Costa Rica’s victory over the USA at the weekend and followed it up with another sixty minutes in a 1-1 draw with Mexico - the game being played out in the early hours of UK time this morning.

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Bryan Oviedo in action for Costa Rica
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

With McGeady joining teenage striker Josh Maja plus long-term absentees Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore in the treatment room, Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has a fairly strong squad from which to pick his side to face Sheffield United. Brendan Galloway may also be a doubt with the Everton loanee nursing an ankle injury.

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