May 23, 2024

Sunderland is on the verge of receiving a significant injury boost, with 22-year-old full-back Dennis Cirkin poised to make his return before the month concludes, as outlined in a report from the Sunderland Echo.

The Championship side has been without Cirkin since January, and his absence has been keenly felt. The young defender has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury but is nearing his comeback.

According to the latest update from the Sunderland Echo, Cirkin could be back in action within a few weeks, with the upcoming fixtures against Millwall and Watford in late April identified as potential matches for his return.

The return of Cirkin would provide a significant lift for Sunderland as they approach the end of the season. Despite his limited appearances this season—only eight in total—the Dublin-born player has made a notable impact since joining the club in 2021. With 77 appearances and five goals to his name, Cirkin played a crucial role in Sunderland’s promotion from League One in his debut season under Tony Mowbray and contributed to their playoff push in the second tier last season.

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The 2023/24 season has been frustrating for both Cirkin and the Black Cats, who will be looking for improved fortunes in the next campaign. With his contract running until June 2026, Cirkin will have the opportunity to regain full fitness during the preseason.

Currently sitting in 13th place in the table, Sunderland has four remaining matches against West Brom, Millwall, Watford, and Sheffield Wednesday. Under interim manager Mike Dodds, the club faces the task of selecting a permanent replacement for Michael Beale.

After securing a goalless draw against Leeds United in their last outing, Sunderland will aim for a similar result as they face West Brom this weekend.

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