Sunderland Duo Give Fitness Boost To Coleman
Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has confirmed that Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong are now back in training having recovered from their injuries.
Crystal Palace loanee Jonny Williams is also one week away from a return to training following the shoulder injury he sustained back in November in the match against Millwall.
Kone and Ndong don't come into contention for this weekend's clash against Cardiff City but they are now one step closer.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his midweek update, Coleman explained.
'We were always going to be extremely light going to Middlesbrough. It was always going to be a tough task for us. We have had one or two back training - Lamine Kone was back training on Tuesday but he has been out for eight weeks and hasn`t had any type of football so there is absolutely no chance of him being involved at the weekend. Didier Ndong trained but again, he has had no football in the last couple of weeks.'
Coleman went on to say.
'That is why those players reinjure themselves because they have had no football, maybe they have had 45 minutes with the under-23s and obviously if you are out longer than a 90 minute and a 60-minute run out before they come to us. But because needs must they have been rushed back to come straight back to the first team and then the physical level is just too much for them.'
The former Welsh international manager continued.
'A lot of times they reinjure. Some good news is that Jonny Williams is probably another week or so away before he can start joining in. That is really good news. Adam Matthews trained today and trained well which is another plus. I don`t think we will be as bad as we were last weekend in terms of numbers and we will improve with Jake coming in from Chelsea.'