Sunderland duo at risk of potential two-game suspension ahead of Southampton and QPR matches

Two Sunderland players will be at risk of suspension during the game against Leicester City.
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Mike Dodds is set to welcome defender Dan Ballard back to the fold for the game against Leicester City after the former Arsenal man's two-game suspension.

Ballard had accumulated 10 yellow cards throughout the campaign and served a ban against Norwich City and Swansea City. Two of Ballard's defensive teammates, though, are walking a disciplinary tightrope of their own.

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Stand-in captain Luke O'Nien and first-choice right-back Trai Hume are both currently on nine yellow cards ahead of the game against Leicester City on Tuesday night at the Stadium of Light in the Championship - and would miss the games against Southampton and QPR should either receive a caution.

EFL rules state players who are shown 10 bookings up to and including the 37th league game of the campaign will have to serve a two-match suspension. Sunderland have played 35 Championship matches ahead of this week's clash against the Foxes, with their 37th coming away at Southampton on Saturday, March 9.