Gareth Ainsworth delivers Sunderland and Tony Mowbray verdict while discussing QPR injury boost

QPR manager Gareth Ainsworth talks about his team’s Championship match against Sunderland at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Jimmy Dunne, a former Sunderland defender, could return for this weekend’s match against The Black Cats.

The 25-year-old centre-back, who made 14 appearances for Wearside on loan last season, has not played this season since dislocating his shoulder in a friendly against Oxford in July.

Despite this, Dunne has returned to training during the international break, with QPR manager Gareth Ainsworth hoping to have a fully fit team to choose from against Sunderland at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

“Jimmy Dunne has been back out on the grass, which is a big plus for me,” Ainsworth explained. “We won’t put anyone in danger if we don’t have to, but it’s nice to see the treatment room emptying out.”

“Numerous players have been away on international duty with their respective countries, and the boys here have been working hard to keep their fitness up – we haven’t had much time off.”

“We’re back in full swing now, with three games in six days and hoping that everyone returns fit and raring to go.”

“There is no doubt that squad management will be involved. The squad will undoubtedly be put to the test, but I’m pleased with the depth we have.”

The Rs are likely to welcome back attacker Lyndon Dykes, who has missed the team’s past three matches due to a knee injury but has played for Scotland against Cyprus and England during the international break.

Centre-back Steve Cook, who was pulled off at half-time in the side’s 2-0 win against Middlesbrough last time out, is also expected to play.

Sunderland will be seeking to maintain their momentum after a 5-0 win over Southampton before the international break.

“Sunderland beat one of the division’s favourites 5-0 last time out,” Ainsworth remarked of The Black Cats.

“We’ve watched them as they’ve watched us.” It will come down to who pulls it together on the day.

“Tony Mowbray’s teams not only play good football, but they also know how to win.” They have a young team that is full of energy.

“They’ll have a plan for us – but we’ll have a plan for them, too.”

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