McCartney hoping to face Pompey

Date published: Friday 11th December 2009 9:17

The Northern Ireland international is battling against the hamstring strain which kept him out of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Fulham amid a growing defensive crisis.

Phil Bardsley and Kieran Richardson, who occupied the full-back berths at Craven Cottage, are both suspended, while Craig Gordon (broken arm), Anton Ferdinand (ankle), John Mensah (calf), Lee Cattermole (medial ligament) and Bolo Zenden (hamstring) are all out.

Bruce has been forced to draft in young striker Ryan Noble fresh from his FA Youth Cup hat-trick on Monday.

Black Cats (from): Fulop, Carson, McCartney, Da Silva, Turner, Nosworthy, Cana, Reid, Malbranque, Henderson, Campbell, Jones, Bent, Healy, Murphy, Meyler, Reed, Noble.

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