Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon says Ji Dong-won needs a quick introduction to first-team action

Ji Dong-Won looks set to be thrown into first-team action.
Ji Dong-Won looks set to be thrown into first-team action.
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STEPHANE Sessegnon admits Sunderland need to swiftly integrate Ji Dong-won into their line-up – if Connor Wickham faces a spell on the sidelines.

Initial tests on Wickham have been positive after Sunderland had feared the worst when the 18-year-old was stretchered off in last weekend’s defeat at Manchester United.

The damage to the £8million striker’s knee is not as serious as first thought, although Sunderland will not discover the full extent of the injury until the end of the week at the earliest.

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce said: “Initial scans are encouraging, but hopefully we will know more by the end of the week.”

But Wickham remains a major doubt for Fulham’s trip to the Stadium of Light in 10 days time, with Ji in line to make his first Sunderland start against the Cottagers.

Read Chris Young’s full article in today’s Sportmail.