ELLIOT Embleton will be assessed by Sunderland's medical staff ahead of their trip to MK Dons in League One. 

The midfielder took a knock in the Black Cats 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic and had to be substituted in the 86th minute at the Stadium of Light. 

The 22-year-old wasn't in the matchday squad for Sunderland's EFL Cup win over Port Vale in midweek as he works to be fit in time for the trip to Stadium MK.

Lee Johnson told the media earlier today: "Obviously Elliot Embleton had a whack.

"He came off, it was quite a bad one that he took. It was a good tackle and I was delighted that he showed that competitive aggression that I think he’s really stepped up with this season but sometimes that lends itself to, of course, getting those contacts injuries so we’ll assess earlier.

“Like I say Denver is at least a couple of weeks away probably from training, at best.

“Apart from that, you know you’ve got the long term ones or Arbie (Arbneit Xhamajli) and (Jordan) Willis. Everybody should be out there and ready to go.”

Sunderland are looking to make it three wins from three for the season against an MK Dons side were involved in an entertaining opening day draw away to Bolton Wanderers with the final score finishing 3-3.