Following a recent revival under David Moyes, the Sunderland fans in the Transfer Tavern have been in lighter spirits of late.
No longer to the Black Cats seem destined for a meek relegation to the Championship, instead looking like a side who are bothered about at least trying to make a go of things in the Premier League.
Though they are not out of the woods yet, the Wearside locals propping up the bar are now optimistic they can retain their top-flight status.
So, imagine how damaging reports from the Daily Mail have been.
They claim those at the Stadium of Light are worried about the prospect of losing both Lamine Kone and Papy Djilobodji in January as the African Cup of Nations looms.
The central defensive duo are much improved in recent weeks and the notion of losing both for up to eight games is a scary one for the Sunderland fans in this evening.
Djilobodji hasn’t been selected by Senegal in around two years, though the former Chelsea man is reportedly being considered by his country.
It could potentially be a huge blow Sunderland, who are already thought to be resigned to losing Kone as part of the Ivory Coast squad.
How big a blow would this be to the Black Cats? Let us know below…
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