Team News: Huggins to travel to Birmingham

Tony Mowbray has confirmed Niall Huggins will be part of the travelling squad to Birmingham City for Friday night’s game.


The 21-year-old full-back is targeting a first senior appearance for Sunderland since October 2021, and following a series of injury setbacks has appeared with Graeme Murty’s Under-21 side for the past four weeks.


“The one positive I could mention is that Niall Huggins is back out on the grass,” Mowbray said.


“He’s been out for a year, played a couple of games for the Under-21s. He was at St James’ Park the other week and got 90 minutes, which I think was his second full 90. 


“He is back now training with the first team. It was his first day training the other day because as he has been coming back into fitness, he’s been training with the Under-21s just so the intensity levels have been a bit easier for him. He’s now fully back in with the first team. He’ll be on the coach travelling with us to Birmingham.” 

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