Ross Stewart will be left waiting longer for his Sunderland debut as the former Ross County man has picked up an injury setback.

The striker left Dingwall near the end of the winter transfer window in a six-figure deal. He joined Sunderland in League One, highlighting another milestone in the striker’s rapid ascent up the football ladder.

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Stewart keeps on rising up the football ladder. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Only a few seasons ago he was playing junior football and then in the lower reaches of the SPFL with Albion Rovers. Now his form with the Staggies has got him his big move to Sunderland, a club looking for a return to the Championship.

But he arrived at the Black Cats injured, having last played for the Staggies before Christmas on December 23. Manager Lee Johnson had hoped he would be back this week perhaps but a hamstring setback has been had in training.

 

His Sunderland debut will now be at least a couple of weeks away according to the Stadium of Light boss: “Ross has had what we expect to be a brief setback – maybe around a week to 10 days.

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The Black Cats boss admits that a slightly longer spell on the side awaits. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

“He slipped in a rehabilitation drill with the physio, and felt tightness for the first time in two to three weeks.”

There’s doubt over whether his former side will get playing this weekend too. Ross County have called a pitch inspection ahead of their match with Hibs in Dingwall on Saturday after snow and freezing temperatures across the country this week.

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