Sunderland are fearing the worse after manager Gus Poyet admitted the ankle knock suffered by Emanuele Giaccherini was "the same injury he had before, I don’t want to go further, but it’s not good" which could mean another extended period on the sidelines for the Italian international.
Emanuele Giaccherini looked healthy in week 18, making a 30 minute cameo from the bench.
Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini made it three injuries in three days for Sunderland as the attacking midfielder was helped from the field of play at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Sunderland's Emmanuele Giaccherini is expected to return after missing time with injury.
Argentinian international Ricardo Alvarez has completed a season-long loan move to the Stadium of Light.
Emanuele Giaccherini will return to first team duties after the international break as Sunderland take no risks in his recovery from a muscular injury.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is hoping to have an almost fully fit squad this weekend when the Black Cats travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday to take on West Bromich Albion.
Emanuele Giaccherini's agent has stated his client wants to remain at Sunderland.
Emanuele Giaccherini has said that he is "happy" at Sunderland and does not plan on leaving at the end of the season.
Emanuele Giaccherini believes that new manager Gus Poyet has transformed Sunderland since his arrival last month.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insists that Emanuele Giaccherini remains in his plans, despite being dropped for the victory over Newcastle.
Former Brighton boss Gus Poyet has been named as Sunderland head coach on a two-year deal.
Sunderland gave their best performance of the season but were still defeated 3-1 by a Liverpool side showing greater quality up front.