Jack Ross is hopeful of having Aiden McGeady available for the Play-Off Final against Charlton Athletic next Sunday.
The Republic of Ireland winger was forced to sit out of both semi-final legs against Portsmouth, despite initially being named in the starting XI to face Pompey in the first leg at the Stadium of Light last Saturday.
But Ross believes the extended rest will help McGeady, who has been struggling with a foot injury sustained at Accrington Stanley at the start of April.
“Aiden will have a chance of being involved in the final,” he said.
“Obviously, the fact that the first leg was last Saturday, and the final is just over two weeks from that game, gives him that extended break again.
“That was part of the incentive tonight, knowing that if we got to the final, we could have a player of Aiden’s quality back available.
He continued: “It’ll give him a good break and then we’ll assess him in the week leading up to the final.”
Sunderland season card holders and UK/international members can purchase their tickets for the EFL Play-Off Final now.
The Black Cats will take on Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 26 May and tickets can be purchased - here.