Patrick Van Aanholt replaced the seriously injured Jan Kirchoff early in the second half and went on to score the equalizer as Sunderland and West Brom drew 1-1.
The rumors behind Patrick van Aanholt's sudden withdrawal from Sunday's match against Tottenham have been put to rest.
Patrick Van Aanholt scored in the 71st minute and registered two shots on target in Sunderland's lose to Middlesbrough.
Sunderland made it four wins on the spin against Dijon on Wednesday, but the victory came at a cost after a muscular problem forced Patrick van Aanholt off early in the second half.
Patrick van Aanholt continued his furious goalscoring form with the club's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland went on the scoreboard first with a goal by Patrick van Aanholt, but Tottenham would score four times thereafter to hand the Black Cats a 4-1 loss.
Patrick Van Aanholt missed a great chance provided by Jack Rodwell late in the second half and Sunderland went on to concede again and lose 3-1 at the Emirates.
Goals from Patrick Van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore led Sunderland to victory in a 2-0 win against Stoke City that led the club out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Despite Sunderland's struggles Patrick van Aanholt is still returning solid fantasy points in the Yahoo format.
The Black Cats played better under Dick Advocaat but still lost as West Ham scored a late winner.
Patrick van Aanholt marked his return from injury with the winning goal as Sunderland beat Leeds in the FA Cup third round at the Stadium of Light.
Patrick van Aanholt will end his ever-present record this weekend when Sunderland take on Everton at the Stadium of Light after the defender left Selhurst Park on Monday with his arm immobilised in a sling.
Sunderland played to a sloppy scoreless draw with Swansea City, but the clean sheet adds to a productive inaugural season in the Premier League for Patrick van Aanholt.
Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt continues to impress both on the pitch and in fantasy.