Craddock poised for recall
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The fans' favourite has been out of action since the tragic death of his baby son, but has had a reserve team outing against Bolton under his belt, and could be one of the team changes proposed by under-fire Reid.
A spokesman for the agency that represents the central defender stirred up some controversy last month by claiming the player was unsettled in the North East and wanted to move south.
However, Craddock is likely to get the chance to help shore up The Black Cats' backline, despite the alleged interest from Wolves boss Dave Jones in trying to set up a temporary switch to Division One.
The former Cambridge United man will be hoping to face his former club in the Worthington Cup next week, as the Abbey Stadium fixture looks set to be a sell-out.
Meanwhile, Jason McAteer is suffering from a stomach injury and could be sidelined for around three weeks.
Julio Arca is another player hoping for his first start of the season, and could profit from any absence of Republic of Ireland international McAteer.