Sunderland boss Jack Ross provides positive Lee Cattermole and Adam Matthews injury update
Sunderland boss Jack Ross has confirmed that Lee Cattermole will return to the squad for Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Walsall.
The central midfielder, 30, has missed over a month with a foot injury and hasn't featured since the 3-0 win over Southend at the end of October.
Ross is expected to make changes for the game at the Stadium of Light and admitted Cattermole could return.
The Sunderland boss also provided an injury update on Charlie Wyke who has been out with a knee injury since September.
"Lee Cattermole will be back in the squad tomorrow," said Ross.
"With Charlie Wyke we are confident he will be back in the squad post the Portsmouth game.
"We have got some concerns over two or three and will make a late decision on them."
Defender Adam Matthews will miss tomorrow's game after picking up a knock against Accrington Stanley on Saturday - but the injury isn't as bad as first feared.
The 26-year-old full-back was involved in a nasty collision at the Wham Stadium, before he was replaced by Bryan Oviedo on 17 minutes.
But after initial concerns Ross hopes Matthews will be available again soon.
"He'll be unavailable tomorrow but it's not too bad," said Ross when asked about the defender.
"It's certainly better than we envisaged initially when he came off but there's no point taking unnecessary risks with him.
"We have a number of important league games that will come up after this cup replay tomorrow night."