Sunderland announced their squad for the trip to Portugal yesterday evening on the club’s Twitter account, a 25-man roster of players which includes all four of our new summer signings.
One notable exclusion from the list was club captain George Honeyman, who hasn’t travelled with his teammates to the Algarve - though his omission was not explained.
Ahead of tomorrow's departure, check out our 25-man travelling squad for our tour of Portugal, sponsored by @UKASL.— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) July 16, 2019
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Rumours swirled on social media regarding why the 24 year old hadn’t made the trip, with some even suggesting it could indicate that he was imminently leaving the club.
However, the reason is far less sinister - he’s injured!
The versatile midfielder has stayed behind on Wearside to aid his recovery from what we’re told is a relatively minor issue.
Whilst Aiden McGeady and Max Power are also still nursing their own problems, both are back in training and as such have travelled to Portugal to take part in Jack Ross’s training camp.
Bryan Oviedo has yet to return to the club for pre-season training as he received an extended break having played for Costa Rica in the Gold Cup this summer.