ANTHONY Reveillere faces around a month on the sidelines with the injury sustained prior to the Tyne-Wear derby.
Full-back Reveillere limped off the pitch in tears before Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United after suffering an injury during the warm-up.
Subsequent scans have shown that the 35-year-old has pulled a muscle between his Achilles and calf, and while the damage is not as severe as first feared, the former France international is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.
“It’s a muscle injury,” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet confirmed today.
“We thought it was more because of the way it was translated between languages.
“But then after the scan they checked and, although it wasn’t a typical muscle scare, it’s going to be between three and four weeks.
“The way he did it made us worry.”
Sunderland skipper John O’Shea was forced to turn back the clock against Newcastle by filling in as an emergency left-back.
But with Billy Jones now fit-again after more than two months out with a hamstring problem, the former West Brom man is likely to come in at left-back for Boxing Day’s visit of Hull City.
First-choice left-back Patrick van Aanholt is not far away from being back in the fold either, with Poyet admitting that Reveillere’s injury may hasten the Dutch international’s return.
“Patrick is ahead of schedule and he is going to be training with us at the beginning of January,” added Poyet.
“If you see him running you would think he is ready to play but he has not had any contact yet, That’s a process, the first push, the first knock.
“We thought he needed two weeks of that, now we’ll see – can we afford to give Patrick two weeks?
“It will depend on the games and it will depend on Billy.”