Sunderland defender Brown unlikely to face Wigan

INJURY WOES ... Wes Brown leaves the field after being injured against Manchester City.
INJURY WOES ... Wes Brown leaves the field after being injured against Manchester City.
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SUNDERLAND will assess Wes Brown’s fitness today, but the former Manchester United defender is unlikely to feature at Wigan tomorrow night.

Brown is one of just two ever-presents for the Black Cats this season, along with Stephane Sessegnon, but was forced off with a groin strain midway through the first half of yesterday’s dramatic victory over Manchester City.

The 32-year-old will undergo treatment today, but with such a short timeframe between the two games, Brown is not expected to be involved at the DW Stadium.

That will almost certainly mean Matt Kilgallon starts alongside John O’Shea at the heart of Sunderland’s defence after the ex-Sheffield United centre-half made his first Black Cats appearance in 18 months yesterday.

With Titus Bramble (Achilles/calf) and Michael Turner (knee) still sidelined, boss Martin O’Neill has little choice than to continue to turn to Kilgallon, whose first-team career on Wearside looked over.

O’Neill will hope Keiren Westwood and Kieran Richardson recover from illness to come back into contention.

And there is a possibility that Phil Bardsley, who missed yesterday’s game with a thigh strain, could return against the third-bottom Latics.

Bardsley was not too far away from featuring against City and an extra 48 hours may prove sufficient for the 26-year-old to be included in the squad.