Simon Mignolet believes Sunderland will still prove fearsome opposition in this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final despite the loss of two integral figures.
Both Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole are ruled out of the cup clash against Everton next Saturday after the duo collected red cards in last weekend’s derby draw at the Sports Direct Arena.
The pair have been key to Sunderland’s resurgence under Martin O’Neill, Sessegnon previously starting every game for the Black Cats this season, while Cattermole has enjoyed a new lease of life since the appointment of Steve Bruce’s successor.
But goalkeeper Mignolet insists Sunderland have sufficient depth to cope with the suspensions, with those who come into the side desperate to play their part in taking the Black Cats through to the final four of the cup.
Mignolet told the Football Echo: “Everybody wants to play in the next round of the FA Cup. It doesn’t matter who plays, we’ve still got a decent team.
“It’s disappointing, but we have the squad that can cope with these suspensions.
“Hopefully the ones who were on the bench can come in and step into their shoes.
“I think every player is our important, it doesn’t matter who it is. It’s always a loss when someone gets a red card.”
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