Earlier on Wednesday, we relayed the information coming out of Sweden that Sunderland’s Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka had returned to his former club IK Sirius to train during the Covid-19 outbreak.

With all competitions and training in England currently suspended, it was revealed by the Swedish side’s director of football, Ola Andersson, that the 20-year-old had arrived, but there was no end date set for him to return to the north of England.

Refusing to comment directly on whether or not Mbunga-Kimpioka, whose contract at the Stadium of Light is set to expire in the summer, could stay with the Uppsala based club permanently, he did, however, hint that should the forward desire to do so, they wouldn’t be against it.

Relayed by Fotbolldirekt, he told local newspaper UNT: “Unlike other clubs, we don’t have many returnees. We must take every opportunity into consideration, and if they want to be in our business, we see no obstacle in it.

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“All old Uppsala players are welcome if they are good at football to be able to create a feeling for football in the city. Benjamin is good”.

With no new deal at Sunderland in sight, a return to IK Sirius might be a good opportunity for the young forward to get some first-team football under his belt and continue his progression, which has already earned him seven U21 caps for Sweden.

Mbunga-Kimpioka has only featured four times this season for the League One side, with all appearances coming from the bench.

He did, however, earn the Black Cats a point back in November, scoring a late equaliser against Coventry after coming on in the 82nd minute for Will Grigg.