The Lowdown: Ballard out
The Black Cats have lost Dan Ballard for the foreseeable future, with the defender suffering a fractured foot in the 2-2 draw at home to QPR on Saturday afternoon.
Next up for Alex Neil’s side is Wednesday evening’s trip to Sheffield United, as Sunderland look to get back to winning ways with a tough away outing.
Their preparations have been dealt a blow ahead of the Bramall Lane clash, however, with a second injury concern emerging.
The Latest: Winchester to be examined on Wednesday
Taking to Twitter, journalist James Hunter confirmed that Winchester is out with a back problem and is set to see a specialist on Wednesday regarding the issue:
“Carl Winchester sidelined with a back problem. Due to see a specialist tomorrow.”
The Verdict: Injury problems mounting
This is far from ideal ahead of an important game, with Winchester admittedly not starting a league game this season but potentially in with a chance of playing at Bramall Lane after the problem for Ballard.
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The hope is that Winchester’s setback is not too serious, with long-term absences for both him and Ballard giving Neil a headache ahead of a busy run of fixtures.
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