JOHN O’Shea is likely to be sidelined for a fortnight after returning home early from Sunderland’s pre-season tour.
O’Shea lasted just 34 minutes of his Sunderland debut against Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday before limping off with a hamstring strain.
While the injury is not a serious one, it has ruled O’Shea out of Sunderland’s two remaining games in Germany, with the Black Cats taking the decision to fly the 30-year-old back to the UK today.
The £5m summer signing, pictured, is expected to be sidelined for two weeks before he can feature again for Steve Bruce’s side, in a blow to Sunderland’s pre-season preparations.
Ex-Manchester United team-mate Wes Brown is still on the treatment table too.
Brown will not feature against Hannover 96 tonight or in Saturday’s clash with Borussia Monchengladbach due to a slight knock to his side.
Bruce does not want to risk the 31-year-old until he is fully fit, with the ex-England international watching yesterday’s training session from the sidelines.
Of the other injury absentees, Asamoah Gyan and Keiren Westwood continue to be worked hard during their rehabilitations and both will feature in Sunderland’s pre-season trip to Kilmarnock next Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm).
Sunderland confirmed the late addition to their pre-season schedule yesterday, with ticket details to be announced shortly.