Sunderland hit by double injury blow ahead of Southampton trip

Lee Cattermole gets attention
Lee Cattermole gets attention

Lee Cattermole has been ruled out of Sunderland’s clash at Southampton this weekend, with skipper John O’Shea also a major doubt.

Substitute Cattermole was forced off with 10 minutes to go in last night’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace after a nasty clash of heads with Jordon Mutch left the midfielder covered in blood from a facial wound.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that Cattermole also suffered concussion in the incident and will not feature at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Centre-half O’Shea is also a doubt after lasting less than half-an-hour last night due to a tight calf, while January signing Jan Kirchhoff came off through fatigue.

Allardyce said: “O’Shea had a tight calf, Kirchhoff was feeling the pace of the Premier League so we took him off before he got injured.

“I thought he was a big loss when he came off; we lost the midfield.

“I think he’s going to be very important for us.

“And Lee Cattermole unfortuantely, looks like he’s got concussion as well as a cut.

“He’s not feeling too well at the moment. He’ll miss Southampton.”