SUNDERLAND captain John O’Shea remains a major doubt to feature in this weekend’s survival showdown against Leicester City.
O’Shea missed his first game of the season at Everton last weekend after he was sidelined with the sore ribs suffered against Southampton seven days earlier.
The 34-year-old, who travelled to Goodison Park to cheer his team-mates on, still hasn’t played any part in full training with the rest of the squad.
And that is likely to see O’Shea remain on the sidelines for the visit of fellow strugglers Leicester, as Sunderland look to register a third successive Premier League win, which could rubber-stamp their top flight status.
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat said: “It’s difficult to say.
“He’s training separately with the physio so we have to see how far he is tomorrow.”
Even if O’Shea shrugs off his injury worries, the Republic of Ireland international won’t necessarily go straight back into the starting XI.
Fellow central defenders Wes Brown and Sebastian Coates both performed well in the 2-0 win over Everton, despite lining up together for only the second time.