David Moyes is hoping that Jermain Defoe will be fit for tonight’s game after picking up a knock against Watford at the weekend.
Moyes could be struggling for attacking options with Victor Anichebe still recovering from his knee injury picked up at the Hawthorns in January.
He said: “Jermain didn’t train (on Sunday), and I need to see how he is.
“He got a knock just below his knee at the weekend. It was nothing to do with his knee itself, it was just a challenge.
“Victor could be close, he’s trained now for probably a week, he’s still feeling his knee a little bit. There’s some parts of training that you think he looks OK, other parts, he’s got a little bit of a worry about putting his foot through the ball and striking it correctly.
“We’re in that period though where Victor we’re probably missing more than anybody. With or without Jermain we’re needing someone who gives us a way of getting up the pitch really.”
Moyes threw on Didier Ndong and Wahbi Khazri in an attempt to save the game at Watford, leaving the returning Lee Cattermole on the bench, and while he again underlined Cattermole’s lack of match practice, he says he could yet play a part in the near future.
Moyes said: “It was always going to be the case that as soon as I introduced Lee back into the squad, people would be asking when he was going to play.
“The fact of the matter is that he has barely played a game all season.
“We brought him back into the squad because we wanted him to be part of it, we wanted his enthusiasm, his attitude.
“He may well get an involvement, but I don’t think he is physically in the right condition to play, for example, 90 minutes but maybe he can help us for a period in the game.”