LEE CATTERMOLE is just one booking away from a three-game ban after a 14th yellow card of the season against Leicester City.
Cattermole equalled the Premier League record for most bookings in a season after he went into referee Martin Atkinson’s notebook during the first half of Saturday’s stalemate against the Foxes.
He joins the likes of Cheik Tiote and Mark Hughes who have managed that total in a solitary campaign.
The Teessider only returned from a two-game ban last month for 10 bookings, yet he has subsequently picked up four yellows in the last five games.
There is no amnesty for 15 yellow cards until the end of the season, leaving Cattermole walking a tightrope for the final two games of the campaign.
Should Cattermole be booked in Sunday’s Premier League finale against Chelsea, then the three game suspension would be carried over to the start of next season.
Meanwhile, Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is sweating on the fitness of right-back Billy Jones for Wednesday night’s trip to Arsenal.
Jones has been in good form since being handed a recall to the starting XI by Advocaat, but he was forced off in the final 10 minutes on Saturday with a thigh problem.
Anthony Reveillere came off the bench to take Jones’ place and would be the like-for-like replacement if the ex-West Brom man is forced to miss the clash at the Emirates.
Ex-France international Reveillere has not started under Advocaat since the Dutchman’s first game in charge at West Ham in March.