Sunderland manager Lee Johnson says he will be patient with Ross Stewart after the striker’s move to the Black Cats from Ross County.

The striker’s fast rise up the football food chain continued at the end of January as he swapped Dingwall for Sunderland on a long-term deal. He’s gone from a junior striker with the likes of Kilwinning Rangers to a forward with one of England’s well-known clubs in a matter of a few years.

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Stewart is a Black Cat. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

But County didn’t seen much of him at the end of his stint in the Highlands due to a hamstring issue, last playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 defeat to Hamilton Accies on December 19th. Johnson won’t rush him into his Sunderland debut.

He says the Black Cats will be cautious to not push him back in too early: “We’re being careful with him. While we’ve got good players in the squad, performing well, we don’t want to rush him with a hamstring injury.

“He’s moving well, but he has to tick all the boxes. Best-case scenario, he will probably train with the squad on Monday but at the same time I will definitely keep the reins on him to make sure he is going to be fine.”

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