Lee Burge missed Sunderland's final pre-season outing with an elbow injury - but the Black Cats keeper is expected to be fit for next weekend's League One curtain-raiser.

Sunderland were without a number of players for last night's 2-1 friendly win against Hull City at the Stadium of Light, due to a sickness bug that struck the squad at the end of last week, with defender Bailey Wright, midfielder Alex Pritchard, and head coach Lee Johnson among those affected.

Burge was also absent when the teams were announced with academy product Anthony Patterson starting in his place, but following the game assistant head coach Jamie McAllister confirmed that the 28-year-old first choice keeper had missed out through injury rather than illness.

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The injury is understood to be minor and Burge should be ready to face Wigan Athletic when Sunderland's league season gets under way on Wearside next Saturday.

"Lee had a little elbow injury," said McAllister, who was on media duties with Johnson missing the match.

"It was just a precaution, really - if it was a league game, we could maybe have forced the issue, but we just have to be careful.

"He just jarred it in training, but he should be OK for next weekend."

New signing Corry Evans went off at half-time against Hull as a precaution due to a slight niggle, while Luke O'Nien and Elliot Embleton played despite suffering from illness and were substituted after an hour to avoid pushing them too hard.

McAllister said: "Corry just felt a little twinge so we took him off at half-time.

"And Luke and Embo were also struggling with illness, and we had to make sure we looked after them."

All three are expected to be fit to face Wigan.

The sickness bug denied new signing Pritchard the chance to make his first outing in red and white, after the former Huddersfield Town man missed Sunderland's earlier pre-season games after contracting Covid.

He was only due to be on the bench against Hull, but the plan was to give him a brief run-out until illness put paid to that.

Aiden McGeady has missed Sunderland's last three pre-season games - against Harrogate Town, Tranmere Rovers, and now Hull - after receiving a pre-planned injection to treat tendonitis in his knee, with the treatment timed so that he will be available for the opening game of the season.

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