Team news: Coleman hopeful over Matthews return

Chris Coleman is hopeful over the fitness of Adam Matthews ahead of Saturday’s home match with Hull City.

The Welsh full-back was an unused substitute last weekend in Cardiff after not featuring for the Black Cats since their New Year’s Day defeat to Barnsley.

And speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning at the Academy of Light, Coleman revealed the Welshman will be assessed today over his fitness for Saturday’s game.

However, the Welshman also admitted while Jonny Williams has returned to training this week it will be too early to include him in the matchday squad.

“Adam Matthews had a bad calf and he has missed a few days this week,” he said.

“He is going to train today and should be available for tomorrow maybe.

“We will see how he reacts. Marc Wilson is a no and obviously Didier Ndong is suspended.

“Paddy McNair is a no, it’s too early for Lamine Kone and Jonny has trained well but it is way too early to bring him into a game like this.

“He hasn’t had a proper session where he has had some contact (on his shoulder). Once he has had that next week then he will be a bit further down the line.

“Again, when he does come back it will only be for 20 minutes to get him back into it,” he continued.

“What we had last week is pretty much what we have got for this weekend.”

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