Sunderland have double injury concern for Arsenal clash

Jermain Defoe limps off
Jermain Defoe limps off
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Jermain Defoe and Seb Larsson are both injury doubts for Sunderland’s trip to Arsenal this weekend.

Striker Defoe was forced off on the half-hour mark in Saturday’s win over Stoke City after he failed to shake off a hamstring problem sustained when he over-ran the ball and lost possession.

The injury to Defoe – who had been a doubt before the game due to an ankle issue – is not serious, although he may struggle to feature in this Saturday’s clash at the Emirates.

Defoe is not Sam Allardyce’s only injury worry either, with midfielder Seb Larsson struggling throughout the 2-0 victory over the Potters with a knee problem.

Larsson, himself, is confident that he will be available to face his former club, although Allardyce is concerned by the Swedish international’s fitness.

Allardyce said: “Larsson’s is a problem with the medial ligament in his knee.

“Jermain Defoe’s a hamstring. Both will be doubts for Arsenal.”

However, Allardyce – who had fit-again Fabio Borini back on the bench against Stoke – will have Billy Jones available against the Gunners after the former West Brom full-back served his one-match ban on Saturday.

On-loan Tottenham right-back DeAndre Yedlin took over from Jones against Stoke.

Arsenal suffered more injury problems in their 1-1 Premier League draw at Norwich yesterday.

Star man Alexis Sanchez hobbled off with a hamstring problem, while defender Laurent Koscielny was forced off early on after a clash with Canaries striker Lewis Grabban.