Jones on compassionate leave

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Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones has flown back to the Caribbean after being given compassionate leave to attend a family funeral.

The 24-year-old was given permission to make the trip yesterday and will stay in Trinidad until next weekend.

Manager Roy Keane told the club's official website, "There has been a death in his family and he has gone over with our best wishes."

He added: "One of our medical staff has travelled with him to make sure his recovery goes to plan because every day is vital at this stage.

"Kenwyne will be back next weekend and hopefully, then he will have a good week's training with the first team and after that, he will look for a reserve game."

Jones, who is in the final stage of his recovery from knee ligament damage, will be accompanied on the trip by a club physio and will train with his Trinidad and Tobago team-mates as they prepare for their World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States.

Jones suffered his injury in a collision with keeper David James in his country's friendly clash with England on June 1.

However, tests showed he did not need an operation and Keane is hopeful of having him available again within weeks.

The Irishman will welcome the extra competition for places his £6million signing's return will bring after the summer arrivals of Djibril Cisse and El-Hadji Diouf.

Jones will train alongside fellow Black Cat Dwight Yorke, who was selected for the squad despite his club manager's reservations about how big a part he can play in the qualifiers, and the friendly against the Dominican Republic which precedes them, at the age of 36.

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