Wednesday 27 March 2013

Sunderland suffer double injury blow

Black Cats rule Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole out for the rest of the season

  • Steven Fletcher has scored 11 League goals for Sunderland this season

  • Fletcher suffered the injury while on international duty with Scotland

Sunderland have been hit by the news that striker Steven Fletcher and skipper Lee Cattermole have both been ruled out for the season.

Fletcher suffered ankle ligament damage while playing for Scotland in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying tie with Wales on Friday night.

It is not yet known whether the 26-year-old will require surgery and the club will assess the problem over the coming weeks.

Fletcher, who joined Sunderland from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, is the club's top scorer this season with 11 goals.

Operation

Midfielder Cattermole has been struggling with a knee ligament injury since November and has only featured for Sunderland twice this year.

The 25-year-old had an operation on his knee on Wednesday.

"Both players will play no further part in the Black Cats 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season," read a Sunderland statement.

The injuries are a blow for the Black Cats, who are currently lying 15th in the League table, four points from the relegation zone with eight matches to go.

Their next match is at home to League leaders Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.

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Key Points

  • Sunderland will be without Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole for the rest of the season
  • Fletcher has an ankle injury while Cattermole has damaged his knee
  • Black Cats take on Manchester United on Saturday