SUNDERLAND go into their penultimate away game of the season at Bolton on Saturday with more injury worries after Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole picked up knocks in Saturday’s defeat to Fulham.
Henderson was substituted with just 15 minutes of Saturday’s game to go, while Cattermole went into the game already carrying a knock.
And both players will now be assessed over the course of the next 24 hours to see if they can play against Bolton.
Manager Steve Bruce said: “It’s too early to tell yet whether or not Jordan and Lee are doubts.
“But both have knocks that will have to be assessed and that’s a concern given how serious our injury situation already is.
“I can’t see either Asamoah Gyan or Danny Welbeck being back after their hamstring injuries and obviously that’s a problem when you lose both your remaining strikers – it would hurt anybody.
“If you look at Fulham going towards Christmas, they were in the bottom three because they were were without Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson up front.
“They struggled but their squad is healthy now and ours is nowhere near. Even Ryan Noble and Billy Knott got injured ahead of the game against Fulham when they might have had a chance of making the squad ... and they’re in the youth team!”
Regardless of what team Bruce puts out on Saturday though, he’s expecting them to show the right attitude at the Reebok.
“We’re struggling but all you can do is show a little bit resilience, roll your sleeves up and give it a go.
“We have to the flak and look to produce a performance.”
“I’m convinced that if everyone had been fit, we’d have been all right and been on course for a successful season.”