Sunderland injury news as David Moyes targets three points on Everton return

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Steven Pienaar is set to miss Sunderland's game at former club Everton with a calf problem.

David Moyes snapped up Pienaar on a free transfer in the summer after the 34-year-old was released by Everton.

Steven Pienaar is set to miss Everton match

Steven Pienaar is set to miss Everton match

But the South African midfielder, who has made 16 appearances for the Black Cats this season, is a doubt for tomorrow's Premier League match at Goodison Park.

There are no other fresh injury concerns, with the game coming too soon for Jan Kirchhoff. Papy Djilobodji serves the final game of a four-match ban.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Moyes said: "Pienaar has a little problem with his calf, but apart from that we’re okay."

Moyes had a very successful 11-year spell in charge at Everton - but there is no room for sentiment this weekend with Sunderland battling for survival.

"I want to go back to Everton and win," said Moyes.

"We need the three points and I want to win there with Sunderland.

"I have incredible memories of Everton but I also go back knowing I had a great chairman and great people around me.

"It was the rebuilding of a football club and we went on to qualify for the Champions League with a very limited budget."

Meanwhile, Lee Cattermole has suffered a minor setback on his return to fitness.

The influential midfielder has suffered an Achilles problem due to running but he is expected to be back in a month's time, Moyes has confirmed.

Cattermole was ruled out for four months in November after suffering from torn cartilage in his hip. The 28-year-old had been struggling with injury all season.

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