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Sunderland was dealt another injury blow with manager David Moyes confirming a serious ankle injury to Lynden Gooch.

The American winger has seen substantial time in Moyes' first team setup this season, starting four of the nine Premier League games he has appeared in this season. But the 20-year-old sustained ligament damage to his ankle in a U23 match last week and could need surgery, which will keep him out for two to three months. Said Moyes: "Unfortunately Lynden was taken off for the reserves and it looks like damage to one of his ligaments. He is seeing the surgeon today to see if he needs an operation but he will be out for somewhere between eight and 12 weeks, depending on what the surgeon says. It is a terrible blow for Lynden, we like him, he is infectious."
Dec 5 - 6:03 AM

David Moyes admits the early signs "do not look great" after Duncan Watmore was stretchered off during the home win over Leicester City.

The Sunderland forward was carried from the field late on following a heavy collision with Christian Fuchs. Watmore fell awkwardly, and now the 22-year-old looks set to join long-term injury absentees Lynden Gooch and Paddy McNair after suffering what looks to be serious knee ligament damage. Moyes also revealed that his half-time double substitution was enforced, and not "tactical genius" as the returning Jan Kirchhoff helped Sunderland on the way to a valuable three-points. "Steven [Pienaar's] eye closed over and he had blurred vision and Jason [Denayer] felt ill." Both players should return for the trip to Swansea but Watmore will be lucky to play again this year, although a scan will confirm the full extent of his injury.
Dec 5 - 5:30 AM

The results are starting to turn Sunderland's way, after a rocky start for David Moyes, with a 2-1 win against Leicester City on Saturday.

Star forward Jermain Defoe proved to be the difference maker once again with his insurance goal in the 77th minute to double the Black Cats' lead, slotting it past Ron-Robert Zieler for his eighth goal of the season, after Robert Huth put one into the back of his own net for the game's first goal. While Shinji Okazaki made it close in the end, Moyes' men were able to hold on for their third victory in the last four league matches to put them just one point away from leaving the bottom three. In team news, midfielders Jan Kirchhoff and Seb Larsson both came on at halftime to mark their returns from injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 3 - 12:12 PM

Sunderland brought an admirable defensive effort with the tough assignment of traveling to Anfield, but the Black Cats couldn't find the net and conceded twice late to lose to Liverpool, 2-0.

Credit to David Moyes' side for bringing a well-organized, effective defensive effort as Sunderland looked to improve upon back-to-back wins, but the Reds eventually got to them twice, when fatigue set in. Veteran John O'Shea returned to the XI and formed a solid partnership with Lamine Kone. The attack were not able to beat an improving Liverpool defense though, as Loris Karius made some impressive stops. Jordan Pickford continues to emerge as budding star between the sticks, but there was nothing he could do about the goal from open play or the penalty kick scored against him. Sunderland host Leicester City next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 26 - 12:12 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes will have a difficult decision to make in midfield due to a series of injuries.

Lee Cattermole will miss months following hip surgery while Paddy McNair, who was used in defensive midfield, has been lost for the year following a knee injury. Moyes was hoping to have Sebastian Larsson and Jan Kirchhoff back to face Liverpool this weekend after playing for the U23s as they recover from injury, but it looks to be one week too soon: "We've lost Paddy which is a real blow and Lee Cattermole is also out for quite a long time...I don't think Seb and Jan are ready, but I think they are near to returning. We need them back along with [Borini]."
Nov 25 - 6:36 AM

Paddy McNair's debut season at Sunderland came to an abrupt end this weekend after sustaining an ACL injury.

The Northern Irish international sustained the injury in the first half against Hull City in a 3-0 win on Saturday, but kept playing until being forced off with just minutes to play. Now the defender will need six to nine months to recover from surgery. McNair reunited with former Manchester United manager David Moyes this summer in a £5.5 million package deal with Donald Love, who could very well be the man to replace him in defensive midfield for the short-term future. Midfielders Jan Kirchhoff and Sebastian Larsson are on the brink of a return from injury after featuring for the U23 side recently.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 23 - 5:36 AM

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.

Jermaine Defoe opened the scoring with a great finish after Watmore flicked on to open up the Hull defence in the first real relegation 6 pointer of the season and 1-0 it remained going into the interval. Irony struck first in the second half as darkness reigned supreme for a while as the match was delayed due to floodlights failing. However, when the lights came back on, the Black Cats struck again, this time through Anichebe, who scored for the second game in a row for the first time in his career. Snodgrass went especially close with a bicycle kick as the Tigers pushed to get back into the game but Pickford was equal to everything sent his way, earning his first ever PL clean sheet and Sunderland's first this season. Anichebe rounded off his brace late on with a powerful finish. The only blight on the game from Sunderland's point of view was Djilobodji's very late and needless red card.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 19 - 12:13 PM

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole suffered a massive setback in his recovery after undergoing hip surgery.

The veteran midfielder sustained a back injury at the beginning of this season and was close to recovering until undergoing hip surgery that will keep him out until March. Just as the club's long-term injuries were starting to return, Sunderland manager David Moyes will now have to reevaluate his options in midfield ahead of the busy festive period. Said Moyes: "We’ve got people making good progress – Vito’s had some game time and so has Seb Larsson – but Fabio Borini isn’t back yet and neither is Lee Cattermole. Lee will be out for four months after undergoing hip surgery."
Nov 18 - 1:45 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes said he sees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as the successor to Joe Hart in the England setup.

The former Manchester United and Everton boss admitted he had the chance to take Hart on loan this season, but is happy he opted to give Pickford the chance to develop this season after Vito Mannone's injury: "I could have brought in Joe Hart, we thought he would have been ideal for us, but I had to think of Jordan’s progression too and he hasn’t let us down. You worry about young players making mistakes and it can be even more damaging when you are a goalkeeper and the mistake determines a game yet I think he has made one mistake all season. He’s mentally strong, he has put in an awful lot of hard work on and off the pitch and it is paying off for him."
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 11 - 8:48 AM

Vito Mannone will make his long-awaited return from elbow surgery on Wednesday when Sunderland take on Notts County in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Speaking ahead of the game, first-team coach Robbie Stockdale confirmed his side would include "three or four senior players to compliment the younger ones" for the clash against their League Two counterparts. Mannone has been side-lined since August but tonight will be the goalkeepers "comeback game" and he should be joined by another long-term absentee who is ready to step up his recovery from summer knee surgery: "Seb [Larsson] will play but we aren’t putting a timescale on how long," said Stockdale before adding. "Jason [Denayer] and Donald [Love] will [also] play," while a decision on Adnan Januzaj, who has recently recovered from an ankle ligament injury, will not be made until the last moment.
Nov 9 - 5:36 AM

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.

It was a hard fought but deserved victory for Sunderland on Saturday. The Black Cats fell behind after just 11 minutes when Dan Gosling struck for Bournemouth. Then against the run of play Sunderland grabbed a lifeline through forward Victor Anichebe; who collected a pass from Jermaine Defoe in the box, turned and smashed a shot into the roof of the net to level the match at 1-1. The match took another turn when Sunderland's Steven Pienaar was sent of,f after receiving a second yellow card, in the 59th minute after a reckless challenge that caught Junior Stanislas and forced the call from referee Mike Dean. Despite being reduced to 10 men, Sunderland took the lead when Adam Smith tripped Anichebe in the 74th minute and Defoe converted the following spot kick. However, praise must also be given to Sunderland's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who produced a great late denial on Josh King.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 5 - 1:29 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes confirmed both Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole could return in the next month.

The manager has struggled since arriving at the club, with only two points on the season to put the club at the bottom of the table. But the midfield boost this month presents positive signs of a turnaround with Cattermole close to training after missing the last month with a knee injury and Larsson close to his first match action of the season. Said Moyes: "Seb Larsson is back training and he might have a game in the under-23s – maybe next week as well – and Lee Cattermole is making some progress as well. Hopefully he might start training with us next week so one or two are getting a bit closer to it."
Nov 4 - 7:11 AM

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.

O’Shea suffered a hamstring problem during the first half of last weekends’ 4-1 defeat to Arsenal and there were fears that the Sunderland defender could be out for an extended period. However, it now looks like the 35-year-old has a chance of returning in double quick time after Martin O’Neill included the centre-back for the upcoming international on November 12. David Moyes will assess O’Shea ahead of the trip to Bournemouth in game week 11, but if he fails to recover in time, then Papiss Djilobodji will deputise alongside Lamine Kone in the heart of the defence.
Source: RTE.ie
Nov 2 - 11:00 AM

Sunderland manager David Moyes is just now starting to see good news on the injury front with both Vito Mannone and Fabio Borini edging closer to full fitness.

Mannone has missed the last two months after suffering a nasty training ground injury where he fractured his elbow. Meanwhile, Borini has missed the same amount of time after tearing a groin muscle in late-August, but Moyes said he is more than pleased with their quick recoveries: "Vito has been doing an awful lot of goalkeeping work and diving. He is not far away. Borini has been running too so there are just signs that these boys are coming back and maybe getting closer to being ready. I think it as much down to their determination. They have shown great desire to get back quickly."
Nov 2 - 7:55 AM

Sunderland manager David Moyes seemed pleasantly surprised when announcing Sebastian Larsson has returned to training.

The Sunderland midfielder was set to miss up to six months after undergoing surgery on his knee to fix ligament damage at the start of the season in August. But Moyes confirmed the Swedish international could even return to match action this month: "Seb has dipped in and out a little bit but started full training on Monday. I think Seb will need the best part of three to four weeks on football sessions and what not and hopefully we might get him a couple of under-23 games in the process."
Nov 1 - 8:35 AM


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