Lee Cattermole could miss Sunderland’s meeting with Southampton this Saturday due to a head injury sustained during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
The midfielder, who has featured for the Black Cats on 26 occasions during the current campaign, was forced off just 16 minutes after replacing Jan Kirchhoff due to a collision with Jordon Mutch. Cattermole was then substituted for Fabio Borini, who ultimately played a vital part in proceedings as he netted the equalizer from an acute angle with moments remaining.
Cattermole, 27, was left with an unpleasant cut and slight concussion as he was escorted off the field at the Stadium of Light. This, according to manager Sam Allardyce, could see the former Wigan Athletic man absent for the trip to Southampton as he told the club’s official website: “Lee looks like he might miss Saturday with concussion as well as the cut.” He should, however, be available for the Tyne-Wear derby later this month.
Allardyce also harbours concerns over the fitness of Jan Kirchhoff and John O’Shea, with the latter being replaced during the first-half. The ex-West Ham boss proclaimed that “Jan was saying he’s fatigued” when discussing why the defender was retrieved with 26 minutes left. “I think that’s everything catching up on him,” Allardyce continued. “Having not played many games for Bayern Munich and I think that’s the pace of the Premier League taking it out on him – games on a Saturday and then a Tuesday are a bit much for him at the minute.
“He was a big miss for us when he came off so hopefully we can get him recovered and back in time for Saturday.”
The 64-year-old, who saw his side momentarily escape the bottom three with the point obtained against a struggling Palace team, stated that O’Shea currently has a tight calf. He was quick to state that he does harbour other options if this centre-back pairing remains unavailable, saying: “Younes [Kaboul] has a huge amount of experience and he’s back for us, and we’ve also got Wes Brown so there’s plenty of experience in that area.”