SUNDERLAND 10 YEARS AGO: Fresh injury setbacks, Welsh and Stead off on loan

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Here’s what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago today.

WINGERS JOIN SICK LIST:

SUNDERLAND boss Roy Keane suffered two fresh injury setbacks as he prepares his side to visit Preston on Saturday.

 Liam Lawrence and Ross Wallace are the latest men to be added to Keane’s casualty list.

 Both have been injured in training this week, both of them suffering from groin injuries which makes them doubts for the trip to Deepdale.

 Keane had his squad away on a short break to Portugal last week, but while they have reaped the benefits from that trip he admits he is disappointed with the new problems that have arisen since.

 “We are down to the bare bones but that gives other lads a chance,” he said.

 With Kenny Cunningham struggling with a hamstring injury and Liam Miller injuring his foot on international duty for Ireland Keane’s resources will be stretched to the limit this weekend.

 His concerns are increased by the fact that Graham Kavanagh, Stephen Elliott, Steve Cauldwell and Stephen Wright are also on the long term injured list.

 But those who could prosper as a result could include Spanish midfielder Arnau, defender Neill Collins and possibly even Tommy Miller who has yet to feature under Keane.

 There is better news regarding strikers David Connolly and Daryl Murphy who have had no reaction to their early return to the side against Sheffield Wednesday a fortnight ago.

 “Daryl Murphy played almost the whole game against Sheffield Wednesday ten days ago, when we were originally hoping he would be fit in time for the Preston game!” said Keane.

 With a hamstring strains, you can be out for up to six weeks and that’s what we thought might be the case with Daryl. Sometimes though – and it’s happened to me – you think you’ve done your hamstring when in fact it’s actually a minor strain or even something like a trapped nerve.

 “And in a few days you start to realise it’s not as bad as you thought. That turned out to be the case with Daryl and he was back training much sooner than we expected.”

WELSH, STEAD POSED FOR LOANS AWAY:

ANDY Welsh and Jon Stead could follow Rory Delap out of Sunderland today.

 Black Cats boss Roy Keane confirmed that Stead has been given permission “to speak to a couple of clubs” while Welsh could return to Leicester City where he had a successful loan stay last season.

 The most likely destination for Stead would appear to be Championship club Derby County, but he has other options.

 Keane said: “The lads have been given permission to speak to clubs and we could have more news on that later today.

 “I’m just trying to be fair to the players.

 “It gives them a chance to go out and get games and get a feel for other clubs and if something happens beyond that with regards to the moves being permanent then we’ll wait and see.

 “Initially it is to get games under their belt because I have a fairly big squad here. I have to be careful and not let too many go out but I am comfortable letting those ones go.

 “I have got options in attack to cover for Jon being away if that happens, and it is the same with Welshy because I have got Ross Wallace and Toby Hysen on the left side.”