Wednesday 16 November 2011
Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet faces a spell out of action after suffering a broken nose against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Belgian international left the field at the Stadium of Light during the second half after a collision left him with blood streaming down his face.
Mignolet underwent surgery on Sunday and the operation was successful, but he will require further scans to assess the extent of his injuries.
"It's badly broken," said Black Cats manager Steve Bruce. "He's had CT scans to check his jaw and cheekbones and teeth. The ball was fizzed in and Simon was brave enough to go for it."
Keiren Westwood replaced Mignolet as he made his Barclays Premier League debut and the former Coventry custodian made a superb save to deny former Sunderland striker Darren Bent a goal.
Bruce added: "Westy has saved us all. He has trained fantastically for weeks and weeks to get his chance and he has pulled off a great save."