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.
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.
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.
Fabio Borini is closing in on a return to action after re-joining the main group in training this week.
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.
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's struggles continued in its eighth loss of the season, which came down to a second-half penalty kick by Southampton's Dusan Tadic.
Sunderland's chances at the weekend were given a huge boost after manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Fabio Borini, Ola Toivonen, Younes Kaboul and John O'Shea are in contention for the weekend after training on Thursday.
Sunderland will have to face Southampton in Week 12 without Lee Cattermole after the midfielder was ruled out with a groin injury.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful the upcoming international break will cure the club of its injury woes after Lee Cattermole was subbed off in the first half against Everton with a knock.
Sunderland fell behind by two goals but managed to level the score in the second half before poor defending became abysmal and they wind up getting a knockout punch from Everton in a 6-2 loss.
Lee Cattermole made a first half exit in the Everton v Sunderland match after picking up a knock.
Sunderland forward Ola Toivonen could be set for some time on the sidelines after aggravating a groin injury that kept him out of Week 9 following the international break.
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.