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After Andy Carroll, this is our second bit of interesting news from the North East this morning. Apparently, Kenwyne Jones – a persistent thorn in Fulham’s side since he joined Sunderland – faces a fight to be fit for the Black Cats’ trip to the Cottage on Sunday after limping out of his comeback game for the reserves.

Jones won the penalty that opened the scoring for Sunderland’s second string against Wigan’s reserves at Eppleton CW last night, but the foul on him by Joe Holt left him with a dead leg. The Trinidad and Tobago international, who was out for a month after being suspended for his sending off against West Ham, gamely tried to soldier on but was substituted seven minutes later.

If Jones didn’t make it, that would be one half of a frightening strike partnership that Roy wouldn’t have to worry out but odds are he’ll recover from a dead leg in time for Sunday.