LEE CATTERMOLE and Phil Bardsley both limped off for Sunderland Under-21s in today’s 1-0 win over Bolton.
The duo, whose first-team future at the Stadium of Light continues to look bleak, were thwarted by first half injuries at the Academy of Light.
Cattermole, making his first appearance since returning to full fitness from the knee injury which hampered him for the second half of last season, picked up a knock just before the interval and failed to emerge after the break.
Then Bardsley suffered a blow to his right ankle after making a heavy tackle in first half stoppage time and was replaced.
Jordan Laidler scored the only goal of the game with 20 minutes to go when he converted Adam Mitchell’s cross to ensure a winning start to the campaign for Kevin Ball’s men.
SUNDERLAND: Dixon, Marrs, Ferguson, Cattermole (Agnew 46), Harrison, Bardsley (McNamee 45), Watmore, Gorrin, Laidler, Knott (Honeyman 69), Mitchell. Subs not used: Stryjek, Lawson.
BOLTON: Lynch, White, Kellett, Threlkeld, Bolger, Vela, Clough, Gregus, Eaves, Moritz, Youngs. Subs not used: Holding, Matthews, Kelly, Walker.