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ROKER ROUNDUP: Could Sunderland’s upcoming league game with Fleetwood be set for postponment?

Whilst Sunderland have announced that tickets for the upcoming home league game with Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town are on sale, international call ups could mean that the game might get postponed.

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Fleetwood at home potentially off?

Sunderland have released ticket details for the home games against Oxford United and Fleetwood Town, which take place Saturday 1 September and then Saturday 8 September respectively.

Although it’s only a possibility at the moment, there’s a chance the game with Fleetwood at the Stadium of Light may not go ahead due to an international break set for September 3-11.

Due to EFL rules, League One and Two play as normal during international breaks but clubs may request postponements if they have three or more players called up to their national senior or under-21 sides.

As it stands the club have Dylan McGeouch, Jon McLaughlin, Tom Flanagan, Aiden McGeady, Bryan Oviedo, Lynden Gooch, Adam Matthews and Max Stryjek who have been called up for their senior or under-21 national team within the last year or so.

Nothing will be confirmed until after Jack Ross assesses his options when the international squads are announced, but there is a possibility that the game will be postponed until a later date.

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Arsenal confirm Greenwood

Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of Sunderland youngster Sam Greenwood to a scholarship deal.

Sunderland and Greenwood had both confirmed the move earlier in the summer, but the North London club have only just officially announced his arrival.

The 16-year-old striker made his Arsenal under-18 debut at the weekend and will sign a full-time contract with the club once he turns 17.


Tug of war for Woud

Another former Sunderland academy product who moved on this summer, Michael Woud, is at the centre of a tug of war.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper, who has a Dutch passport, joined Willem II during the summer and is already a full New Zealand international after he made his debut during a friendly against India in June, but as that was not a competitive match he can still change international allegiance.

The Netherlands have taken note of that as they have called up the player to their under-20 squad for a forthcoming game against Portugal, which is another friendly so won’t bind the goalkeeper to the Dutch national team.

The youngster has dual nationality due to his father being Dutch and his club have warned him to be think very carefully about his choice:

A reaction could damage his relationship with the New Zealand Football Association or the KNVB. He must first be aware of exactly what consequences his choices entail.

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Toivonen set for Championship spell

Former Sunderland loanee Ola Toivonen could be set for a return to these shores, with reports in France suggesting he will join Swansea City on loan.

Swansea’s manager Graham Potter had been in charge of Swedish club Osterund and has already signed Sunderland’s Swedish academy product Joel Asoro this summer.

According to mercato365.com, Toivonen is surplus to requirements at Toulouse and Potter is hoping to take him to the Liberty Stadium on loan before the window closes on August 31.

The 32-year-old only featured 14 times during his loan spell with Sunderland but is coming off the back of a successful World Cup, which included a goal against Germany.

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