SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill continues to sweat over the fitness of Danny Rose for Saturday’s game at West Brom – after the left-back re-injured his hamstring in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
But skipper Lee Cattermole is expected to remain in the side after making his return from knee ligament damage against the Gunners.
Cattermole had played just 15 minutes of first-team football in two months prior to the game and looked rusty before he was replaced at the interval.
But O’Shea, who has been deputising as Sunderland captain, believes Cattermole’s return is a major boost to Sunderland’s top 10 hopes.
“Catts will go from strength to strength now,” added the Republic of Ireland cap.
“He was probably living on a knife edge for most of that first half against Arsenal after getting booked so early.
“But he got a good boost from that fitness-wise and he’s been able to work on that.
“Having him back for the final games of the season will be a big, big boost for us.”