Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe is currently being assessed after suffering a thigh injury in preseason training.
At this point last summer Sunderland was on the lookout for a new forward. One year later, the Cats signed the forward they had all along to a new contract.
Sunderland waiting until the last possible moment to earn a critical point in the relegation race with a stoppage-time equalizer.
Despite completely overwhelming its opponents, Sunderland could not manage to earn three points at home against West Brom in a 0-0 draw.
Jermaine Defoe scored his twelfth goal of the season to put Sunderland in a position to defeat Newcastle United for the seventh consecutive time, but the Black Cats would concede a late equalizer to settle for a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park.
Jermain Defoe missed a few glorious opportunities to score against West Ham but failed to finish any of them as Sunderland missed a chance to climb further above the relegation zone with a 1-0 loss at Boleyn Ground.
Jermaine Defoe scored three times, making it five in his last two league games, as Sunderland collected three massive points in a 2-4 win against Swansea City.
Jermain Defoe carried Sunderland to a huge win over Aston Villa in the relegation battle match.
Jermain Defoe shook off a hamstring injury to return as a second-half sub, proving to be Sunderland's most influential player in just 18 minutes during a 1-0 home loss to Watford.
Sunderland will be without two starters of their recent turnaround as Seb Larsson and Jermain Defoe were ruled out for the Arsenal match this weekend.
Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Larsson have given Sam Allardyce an early injury headache as the duo are major doubts to face Arsenal in Week 15.
Sunderland could be boosted by the fitness of two key attackers for the weekend match against Stoke City as Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini are expected to be available.
Sunderland face an anxious wait over the status of Monday night's hero after Jermain Defoe was subbed off in the 86th minute with an ankle injury in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe delivered three massive away points to his struggling side with a goal in the 80th minute to give Sunderland a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.