James McClean will be one of the names left at home when Sunderland jet out to the Far East tomorrow. Or so it looks.
As the Sunderland squad prepare to jet out to the Peace Cup in South Korea tomorrow morning, it's being reported that several key names won't be making the trip to the Far East.
Irish trio James McClean, John O'Shea and Kieren Westwood will all miss out having featured in the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer, and will be given extended leave. The same also goes for Seb Larsson who was over there with Sweden.
African star Stephane Sessegnon was involved in World Cup 2014 qualifiers and AFCON 2013 qualifiers with Benin at the end of the season and will miss out, with Ahmed Elmohamady also suffering the same fate as he was involved with Egypt.
The likely star name and big draw for the tournament, Ji Dong-Won has been called up by his national team to play in the summers Olympic Games and will also miss out, while Phil Bardsley and Matt Kilgallon are sidelined through injury.
This affords the chance to many of the talented youngsters at the club, and puts the likely Sunderland travelling party for the two-game tournament to be as follows;
Goalkeepers: Simon Mignolet, Jordan Pickford
A very young looking and weakened squad as you'd expect, but hopefully some of the younger names will catch the eye and put themselves in the frame for a big role next season, while some fringe players like Connor Wickham and David Vaughan can stake a claim for a starting roles.
Be sure to stay tuned to Roker Report over the next week as we'll be previewing the tournament, as well as providing team news, match reports and up to the minute information as preseason gets cranked up a notch.