Adam Johnson remains a fitness doubt

Sunderland winger Adam JohnsonAdam Johnson could miss Sunderland’s Premier League home tie with Wigan Athletic despite making a return from injury against the MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

The 25 year old was kept out of first team training on Thursday and may not be ready for Saturday, regardless of his five minute cameo at Stadium MK.

Manager, Martin O’Neill said to safc.com: “Adam did a bit of training yesterday and came off feeling okay, then just had what I’m hoping is a superficial problem.

“He had some x-rays and everything seemed fine, or certainly there’s been no new damage. He didn’t train today; we’ll see how he is with a late assessment.”

Already stretched on the injury front, the Wearsiders were handed some boosts ahead of Saturday, rested centre back pair: John O’Shea and Titus Bramble trained, while Seb Larsson also came through the session after the hamstring injury he picked up away at West Ham.

O’Neill added, “Titus trained today, Seb did a bit, so did John. I’m hoping Carlos [Cuellar] can come through too.”