JOHN O’Shea is a doubt for Sunderland’s game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday after straining a hamstring.
The former Manchester United man has been in inspired form in recent weeks and his loss was heavily felt last night after the niggle forced him out at Blackburn.
And although the club are convinced the injury is not too serious, they will have to wait to see how the big defender is over the next few days before being able to make a final decision for the weekend.
Martin O’Neill revealed: “John tweaked his hamstring a little bit and we’re hoping it’s not too bad.
“We didn’t want to risk him though and we’ll just see how that goes.”
The manager made a couple of changes for last night’s game – Sotirios Kyrgiakos for O’Shea was one; David Vaughan for Jack Colback was the other.
O’Neill said: “We made a couple of changes and I suppose, in hindsight, we could have made a couple more in terms of who started the game.
“But we’ve got to be realistic about the size of the squad.
“With John O’Shea being injured, we only really had 18 players, so I didn’t have much scope to manoeuvre in terms of changes I could make.
“I was also tempted not to change too much simply because players like to play, they want to play if they’re in the side, so it’s tough to drop them.”