Martin O’Neill is expecting a tough test as Sunderland travel to Stadium: MK in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
O’Neill told the club’s official website, “They are a strong side who are going very well. I think it would have been a tough game anyway even if we had everyone to choose from, and we might have to make a couple enforced changes.
“I really don’t like doing that especially this early in the season. But things are forced upon us and we will try to compete as strongly as possible.”
Sunderland are still without Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, Carlos Cuellar and Adam Johnson, while Sebastian Larsson and Fraizer Campbell are new fitness doubts after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
The Ulsterman added, “We need people stepping up to the mark and coming in. Some people might think they should be in the side. Their contribution is of paramount importance if we’re going to get through.
“I’m hoping that throughout the whole season players are always having to try and prove something, and I think we do that anyway both as players and managers.”