Injury Catt-astrophe for Sunderland

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LEE Cattermole and John O’Shea are facing lengthy lay-offs after picking up injuries in yesterday’s defeat to West Brom, writes Graeme Anderson.

The skipper aggravated a knee injury midway through the first-half and limped off while John O’Shea suffered a calf strain and did not reappear after half-time.

“It’s not good news on either of them,” said Martin O’Neill after the game.

“Lee has done the knee which kept him out of the game against Everton while John is likely to be looking at a few weeks out with the calf injury.”

Cattermole can be easily replaced in midfield with Craig Gardner and Jack Colback the obvious choices but David Vaughan and Seb Larsson are equally happy playing there.

The influence of the captain though will be harder to replace and O’Shea’s knock leaves Sunderland stretched at the back

In yesterday’s game, Phil Bardsley moved into the centre after O’Shea went off

And with Wes Brown still on the long-term injured list and Titus Bramble’s fitness up in the air, Matt Kilgallon is the only recognised centre-half to call upon.

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