Sunderland will be without Lee Cattermole for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton at the Stadium of Light.
Cattermole limped out of last weekend’s 6-2 defeat at Everton with a groin injury and boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the midfielder will not be fit to return until after the international break.
Allardyce said: “I don’t think it’s that serious but he certainly won’t be fit for the weekend. We have to wait until Monday night when we play (Crystal Palace on November 23), so he certainly has enough time to recover.”
Meanwhile fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt looks set to stay in the north-east after confusion regarding a prospective loan move to Championship side Leeds.
The two clubs looked to have agreed a deal for a two-month loan for Bridcutt, who has yet to feature in the Black Cats first team this season.
But Bridcutt returned to training on Thursday and Allardyce said: “It looks like it’s confused – like Leeds seem to be.
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen but it doesn’t look like it because he turned up for training today. I’ll have to speak to Steve (Evans) and see what the situation is.”