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Roker Roundup: Sunderland starlet earns rave reviews for performances - January return likely?

In today’s roundup we bring stories of three Sunderland academy graduates and their differing experiences - one is destined for the top, one has a new club and the other has received some bad news.

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Grimsby boss praises Embleton

Elliot Embleton has been having a successful time on loan at League Two Grimsby Town, with the young midfielder making himself a vital cog in the Mariners’ team.

Ahead of their trip to Northampton Town later today, Grimsby boss Michael Jolley has been talking up the Sunderland loanee, saying that the England under-20 international is a really talented, confident young player:

Everyone who has seen him would say that Elliot’s a really talented young player.

His performances for us have consistently been at a good level. We are really pleased to have him and we thank Sunderland for that.

He’s a confident lad and he really believes in himself. We believe in him too, and we are pleased to have him back in the squad this weekend.

When he goes off with England he has continued to do really well. He’s been involved in winning teams and he has played a big part in that.

Should Embleton continue to impress, it’s not entirely unlikely that he could return back to Sunderland in January in order to bolster Jack Ross’ squad ahead of the end of season run-in - and if he doesn’t, Grimsby will undoubtedly be grateful to keep him to themselves for a little while longer.

England U20 v Germany U20 - International Friendly

Return to Boston for Agnew

Sunderland academy product Liam Agnew had a successful loan spell at non-league Boston United during his time at the Academy of Light and once he was released from the club, he joined The Pilgrims on a permanent basis.

That move didn’t last too long before he headed to Harrogate Town but the 23-year-old rejoined Boston yesterday on an initial one-month loan deal and has been given permission to play in today’s FA Trophy clash against Ashton United.

Fulham v Sunderland - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Serious medical condition for Carson

Another Sunderland academy product has been in the news this week but it’s bad news for Trevor Carson after he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis whilst on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Carson’s club side Motherwell, announced the issue yesterday and say the goalkeeper will be out for an indefinite period.

The 30-year-old started in his country’s 2-1 defeat by Austria on Sunday but developed DVT in his shoulder soon after, with Motherwell’s manager Stephen Robinson wishing Carson a speedy recovery:

We would like to thank all the staff at University Hospital Wishaw for their diligence and care, given it is the sort of medical emergency that can be and often is life threatening if not treated promptly and correctly.

It’s not your usual injury in that at this stage, his return time is not yet fully known and will obviously depend on a number of factors.

As a club, we wish Trevor a very speedy recovery and will give him all the support he needs to get back fit and healthy as soon as possible.

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