Tony Mowbray confident Amad will finish season strongly

Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray has often spoken highly of Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo this season, but he is currently without the Ivorian winger due to a sore hamstring. He is still confident the youngster will finish the season strongly.

Speak to any Sunderland fan and they will tell you Amad has been one of their star players this season, giving them a bit of hope in the race for a play-off spot in the Championship. That might be a big ask this season — especially with the questionable away form the Black Cats have shown this season — but they will be there or thereabouts again next season if Mowbray can build on this season.

Amad has made 28 appearances for Sunderland this season in all competitions and he has found the back of the net eight times.

On Sunday, Mowbray decided against including Amad in Sunderland’s match day squad to face Norwich City due to the winger’s hamstring issue. It was later revealed that the injury is not deemed a serious one.

The Sunderland boss said that Amad’s lack of game time in his previous season — on loan at Rangers — has taken a toll on his body, which is only normal when he is being asked to play every week this season.

All of this will bodes well for the future but we’re happy to see Amad back playing football as well as doing so somewhere he is appreciated.

Mowbray confirmed that Amad will not be available on Wednesday for their game against Sheffield United, but he will be in contention to take on Luton Town at the weekend.

“I had a good chat with Amad yesterday and Wednesday might be too soon for him,” Mowbray told Sunderland’s media.

“I am not sure, but he will definitely be available next weekend.

“I think 30 odd games from never having a run of three games on the bounce has proved his body has almost shut down.

“His hamstrings are really sore and tight.

“There is no tear and there is no damage.

“He is just in a place where we need to give him a break and check him out of the equation for a week at the most and then he will finish the season strong, I am sure.”

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