John O’Shea is hoping to make a swift return from injury after he was named in a 35-man Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup Qualifier in Austria later this month.
David Moyes admitted his squad is down the "bare bones" following the 1-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough.
Sam Allardyce expressed concern that Sunderland may be without two regular starters for the weekend match against a struggling Southampton side.
Sunderland could be without defender John O'Shea for Wednesday's match against Liverpool after the center-back picked up a calf injury on Boxing Day against Manchester City.
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he expects John O’Shea to miss the Republic of Irelands’ Euro qualifying play-off game against Bosnia after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring strain. "He hasn't been able to get fit for us in two weeks, so he's not going to get fit from a hamstring in 10 days."
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said he doesn't expect John O'Shea to miss much more than one week, but will wait on scans to determine the full extent of his hamstring injury.
Not long after Ola Toivonen had to exit the Sunderland v Newcastle United match, John O'Shea had to hit the showers early with a likely hamstring problem.
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John O’Shea will be assessed after the Republic of Ireland defender limped off during Sundays’ friendly bore-draw with England.
Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is facing a race against time to feature in his side’s crucial battle of the basement clash with Leicester after struggling to shake off injury.
John O’Shea ended his record of being the only Premier League player to have participated in every single minute of every game this season after failing to recover from a couple of early knocks against Southampton.
John O'Shea and Seb Larsson may miss Dick Advocaat's debut as Sunderland manager with a knock and ankle injury respectively.
Sunderland have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.