By Liam Thomas

27th Sep, 2022 | 2:07pm

Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray shares update on Everton loanee Ellis Simms fitness

Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray has provided a fitness update on Everton loanee Ellis Simms, who suffered an injury to his toe against Reading.

Simms enjoyed a terrific start to the season for Sunderland and was adapting well to life at the Stadium of Light before the frustrating injury occurred.

Mowbray admitted that the club will “have to wait” and see if the forward will be fit enough to be included in the matchday squad for Saturday’s fixture against Preston North End.

Speaking Safc.com, Mowbray hinted that Simms may make a return on Saturday but it’s still very much up in the air if he’ll feature or not.

“If we play at our best [against Preston], the individual talent of our wide attackers and our number 10’s – hopefully Ellis might be closer by then, we’ll have to wait and see,” said Mowbray.

“We’ve got some options that can give them problems and we’ll go our very best to try and win the game.”

Goalscorer.

Simms may just be the man that Frank Lampard is craving for his Everton side to sign, and he’s right under their noses chirping away in the Championship.

The youngster has proven in loan spells and at youth level, his goalscoring prowess; scoring 46 times in the 2018-19 season for the Blues youth team is an outstanding stat to have on your CV.

However, the forward needs to get back fit and playing regular games if he has any chance of convincing Lampard that he is the man to look to for future Toffee goals.

Starts and regular games are all he needs, he showed this during a loan spell with Blackpool where in 21 appearances he scored eight goals.

With his lightning pace and imposing height, Simms is a menace for all defenders that take him on and these attributes can take you far in the Premier League.