ANTHONY Reveillere will undergo a second scan today, with initial assessments not looking good for the Sunderland defender.
Full-back Reveillere was in tears as he limped off the pitch during the warm-up at St James’s Park yesterday after suffering an injury to the bottom of his calf and ankle.
While replacement Sebastian Coates shone in a reshuffled back four which saw skipper John O’Shea move to left-back, the outlook on Reveillere was bleak afterwards.
Former France international Reveillere underwent a scan after the game and is due for another today to assess the extent of the damage.
But Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admitted: “It looks very bad.
“He went to have a check-up and a MRI yesterday and he’ll have another one today.
“Then we can tell people.
“It’s not a normal injury when you can say he’s pulled a muscle or had a problem with his Achilles.
“He felt something really strange, so we’ll wait and see.”
With Reveillere a late withdrawal, Poyet was forced to name four centre-halves along his back-line.
But he could have full-back Billy Jones available for Boxing Day’s visit of Hull City, with Sunderland due to assess today whether the summer signing has a chance of featuring against the second-bottom Tigers after more than two months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Poyet will have to cope without Connor Wickham against Hull after the forward collected a fifth booking of the season yesterday to earn a one-game ban.
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