Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of Tranmere vs Sunderland.

It is the Black Cats' fifth pre-season friendly of the summer following on from Saturday's comfortable victory at Harrogate Town.

Lee Johnson is expected to name a young side for the clash with the League Two side, with Bailey Wright tipped to make his return from injury at Prenton Park.

The Australian defender featured in the opening pre-season encounter with Spennymoor Town, but a groin complaint has ruled him out in recent weeks.

Will Grigg and Lynden Gooch are among the other senior figures who could be handed a start on Tuesday evening, while Aiden McGeady will play no part for the visitors.

Johnson is expected to treat Friday's fixture with Hull City as a dress rehearsal for Sunderland's opening League One fixture against Wigan Athletic on July 7.

James Hunter is at Prenton Park tonight to bring you all the latest as it happens.

Sunderland plotting move for Liverpool full back Tony Gallacher

Sunderland are in talks with Liverpool over a move for defender Tony Gallacher.

The youngster is primed to depart the club this summer and the Black Cats have enquired about a possible loan swoop for the Scottish youngster.

The Liverpool Echo claims Lee Johnson's side are also not ruling out a permanent switch with the two clubs locked in negotiations.

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Gallacher is one of a number of Liverpool youngsters expected to leave the club this summer having found game time hard to come by.

The left-back signed for the Reds in 2018 from Falkirk for around £200,000 following a successful trial.

Tony Gallacher of Liverpool and Tyrese Shade of Leicester City in action during the PL2 game at AXA Training Centre on May 3, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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Bailey Wright to return from injury at Tranmere Rovers, in an otherwise young side

Bailey Wright is set to make his return this evening as Sunderland continue their pre-season preparations at Tranmere Rovers.

The Black Cats will take on the League Two side at Prenton Park (7pm) in their penultimate friendly.

Lee Johnson intends to name a young side, augmented by senior men such as Wright, Will Grigg, and possibly Lynden Gooch.

Centre-back Wright played in Sunderland's first pre-season game against Spennymoor Town but has been out of action in recent weeks with a groin problem.

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And Gooch limped off with a hamstring strain at York City last week, but is expected to be fit to play against Tranmere.

Aiden McGeady, who missed the Harrogate game after being an injection in his knee, will not be involved tomorrow.

Bailey Wright during a Sunderland AFC training session at The Academy of Light on June 30, 2021 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

The trip to Tranmere comes just three days before Sunderland's final pre-season game against Championship side Hull City at the Stadium of Light, which Johnson will treat as a dress rehearsal ahead of the new League One season which gets under way against Wigan Athletic on Wearside on August 7.

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage on Sunderland's latest pre-season encounter at Tranmere Rovers.

Stick with us for build-up, updates, analysis and reaction from the pre-season friendly at Prenton Park throughout the evening.