Tony Mowbray provides Nazariy Rusyn’s availability and when he could make debut

Tony Mowbray, the manager of Sunderland, has provided an update on Nazariy Rusyn’s availability.

Nazariy Rusyn is yet to be given clearance to make his Sunderland debut, but Tony Mowbray is unconcerned, saying that it is better for the Ukrainian to have more time to acclimate to his surroundings.

Rusyn joined FC Zorya Luhansk on deadline day, but did not arrive on Wearside until later that week after passing medical examinations in Paris.

The 24-year-old has started training with his new teammates but has not yet been selected. Sunderland expected it to be handled by now, but they do not believe there are any major difficulties.

Mowbray has stated that the forward would remain on Wearside and train rather than travel to the North West with his new teammates, which he believes will be better for him when he is ready to play.


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“We’re surprised it hasn’t arrived yet; we expected it on Tuesday morning, but there was no update when we returned from training today,” Mowbray added.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s not a big deal; he knows he needs some training time.” He hadn’t played a game in three or four weeks and needed to catch up. So I don’t think it’s a significant issue in his or our minds.


“I asked him if he wanted to travel with us and see the game and be around it in the hotel, but his preference is to get another couple of days training in because he knows he needs to be fit when he gets on the pitch somewhere down the line.”

“It’s not too frustrating because he won’t be starting for us, he’s only had a few training sessions, and he doesn’t speak any of the language at this point.”


“At the moment, we can see how quick and sharp he is, but he doesn’t yet have that tactical understanding.” So we’re just incorporating him. So the visa isn’t a big deal.”


Timothée Pembélé, another deadline-day recruit, is still unavailable for selection as he works on his fitness on a bespoke program at the Academy of Light.

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