Sunderland's Elliot Embleton is still 'months' away from a return, says Phil Parkinson

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Elliot Embleton is set for a lengthy injury absence with Phil Parkinson confirming the midfielder will be out longer than first anticipated.

The 20-year-old limped off with a hamstring injury in Sunderland's Carabao Cup win at Sheffield United at the end of September and the initial prognosis was that he would be out for up to eight weeks, which would have taken him up to the end of this month.

But Parkinson says Embleton is still 'a few months' away from a return, which suggests he will be out until the New Year.

"It's going to be a long-term injury, unfortunately - it will be a few months before we see Elliot again," said Parkinson.

"My talks with the physio would suggest that it will be longer than [the initial eight-week timescale]. I need to double-check, but when I first came in the physio told me it was a long-term injury."

It is unfortunate for Embleton that he has picked up the injury just at the point when he had begun to impress in the first team under Parkinson's predecessor Jack Ross.

And had he been fit, he would have almost certainly have started tomorrow's EFL Trophy game against Leicester City U21s at the Stadium of Light.

As it is, Parkinson will make changes to the side with some players who have not started recent games, a couple who are returning from injury, and at least one youngster set to be involved.

Benji Kimpioka in action for Sunderland against Heerenveen in pre-season
Sunderland's Benji Kimpioka

Benji Kimpioka is set to start for the first time since January, when he began the quarter-final win over Manchester City U21s in this competition.

Laurens De Bock and Alim Ozturk will make their comebacks from injury, while players such as Dylan McGeouch , Tom Flanagan , and Marc McNulty , who have not started in recent weeks are also set to play.

But Parkinson has suggested that goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin is set to play, with youngster Anthony Patterson likely to make his first team debut in next week's Trophy tie at Scunthorpe United, assuming McLaughlin is called up by Scotland and that Lee Burge is still working his way back to fitness following a thigh injury.

Parkinson said: "Every game you go into you want to win, that goes without saying, but it is more about looking at other players.

"Tomorrow, all the lads coming in will have if not a point to prove then at least their motivation level should be good.

"Benji is going to play tomorrow night, an it's a great opportunity for him - could he become a bonus player for us?

"There are certain players like Alim [Ozturk] and [Laurens] De Bock who have been out and they will play as well, so it is a good competition for that and for getting everybody up to speed.

"Dylan is another who will play.

"And Anthony [Patterson] is in the squad with Jon.

"Jon hasn't played every game since I have been here so it will be good to keep him going as well, but come next Tuesday [against Scunthorpe] that might be different."


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