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Sunderland manager Jack Ross is keen for the game to go ahead despite call-ups, barring injuries:
Jack Ross is aiming to avoid a fixture backlog by honouring Sunderland's home game against Wycombe Wanderers next month even if international call-ups offer him the option of postponing. The Black Cats postponed their home game Blackpool this month after three players - Jon McLaughlin, Tom Flanagan, and Bryan Oviedo - were called up for senior international duty, but that has left the club with a headache as they try to rearrange - an issue further complicated by the Seasiders' continued involvement in the Carabao Cup.
Sunderland could be in a similar situation in November with Wycombe due to visit the Stadium of Light on November 17, but Ross wants that game to go ahead as planned even if the Black Cats have enough call-ups to ask for a postponement.
Ross will make a final decision nearer the time, with injuries also a factor which will need to be considered if they would leave his squad stretched.
"From our planning at the moment, we would like to play that fixture," said Ross. "We'll have to assess that when the international squad are announced and begin to take shape, but for us to continue to have games postponed over the course of the season is going to make it really problematic in terms of a fixture backlog. Ideally we don't want that."
"For the Blackpool game we had justification because of the players we had unavailable and the circumstances of it but we don't want to continue postponing games for obvious reasons. We'll have to make an assessment later, but my preference as manager would be to play that game although it may be that when the call-ups come in, we assess it differently."
It will be a difficult decision for Ross because if Sunderland are without several players for the Wycombe game and end up dropping points, some will say he made the wrong call but that is a risk he would be willing to take.