Sunderland will learn their Checkatrade Trophy fate on Wednesday when the rest of the draw is made for the group stage of the competition.
All 48 League One and League Two clubs taking part in the competition have already been drawn into 16 groups, with the 16 invited teams that hold category one academy status to be added on Wednesday.
Sunderland have again been invited to take part in the Checkatrade Trophy competition which came in for criticism last season with low attendances….
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