Injury to key Stoke City midfielder could boost Sunderland's hopes of first win

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Sunderland's quest for their first win of the season may be given a boost after Stoke City key man Joe Allen suffered a hamstring injury.

Allen was withdrawn midway through the second-half of Wales' 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw against Austria last night, having earlier opened the scoring for Chris Coleman's men.

And Coleman admits while his medical team will assess the injury in the coming days, he is unlikely to play any part in Sunday's match in Cardiff against Georgia.

With the Black Cats visit to the Potteries just six days later, Allen's absence would be a huge boost to David Moyes' team's chances of securing their maiden home win of the campaign.

"We could have gambled and kept him on, but we don't want to do that," Coleman said after his side's match in Vienna.

"He'll be assessed over the next 24-48 hours and it's how he reacts, but if we see anything on the scan we won't gamble.

"He is Stoke's player and we have to respect that."