Sunderland looks to be in a constant state of recovery with manager David Moyes confirming another set of injuries.
Sunderland ran out deserved winners against Hull City 3-0 at the stadium of light however the scoreline may be a bit harsh on Phelan's men.
Forward Victor Anichebe inspired Sunderland to their first win of the season, by scoring and earning a penalty, as David Moyes' side defeated Bournemouth 2-1.
Amid the club's current injury crisis, forward Victor Anichebe confirmed he is close to full fitness after struggling with multiple injuries.
Two full days after the deadline, Sunderland announced its ninth signing of the summer in free-agent Victor Anichebe.
Victor Anichebe impressed on his first Premier League start of the campaign but the West Brom striker is a major doubt for opening game of 2016 due to a hamstring problem.
Victor Anichebe scored from a corner to put West Brom ahead 1-0 at St. James' Park but the Baggies couldn't make it hold up as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Victor Anichebe returned as a halftime substitute and scored in the 58th minute but it wasn't nearly enough as Tony Pulis' men dropped a 4-1 decision to QPR.
Victor Anichebe, still struggling with a groin issue, might be fit enough for the bench but is highly unlikely to start for Tony Pulis against Southampton.
Victor Anichebe continues to be plagued by injuries as the West Brom front man will miss Week 26 with a groin injury.
Victor Anichebe went off early against Burnley in Week 24 and it appears that Week 25 will come too quickly for him to recover.
Victor Anichebe scored the first two goals of the match and the Baggies held on to win 2-1 over local rivals Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Cup
Victor Anichebe returned to the starting line-up for West Brom's FA Cup match with Gateshead and scored a goal among the Baggies' seven in the process.
Victor Anichebe was supposed to be close to returning from a groin injury for Week 17 but here we are at Week 18 and he has yet to return to training meaning he will miss Week 18 for sure and likely Week 19 two days later.