Sunderland hit with injury blow

Steven Fletcher - Sunderland Sunderland have been dealt a double blow after Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole were ruled out of the rest of the season.

Martin O’Neill’s worst fears have been confirmed with the news that Fletcher will miss the remainder of the campaign, and whilst Cattermole’s absence was expected, it is still a major blow to the club’s hopes of beating the drop.

Fletcher was injured in the first five minutes of Scotland’s home defeat to Wales last weekend, but he could not have a scan on the problem due to swelling.

He has now undergone his scan, which has revealed ankle ligament damage. This means Fletcher will be absent for the remainder of the campaign.

It is a massive blow to both player and club. It also came on the day Lee Cattermole was ruled out for the rest of the season. It was recently revealed that the Sunderland skipper has now had surgery on his knee.

O’Neill said two weeks ago that he did not expect his skipper to play again this season. Yet, it was hoped that injections might give him a chance, sadly they have not worked and he has gone under the knife which has ended his campaign prematurely.

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