Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher sidelined for the season
Sunderland’s hopes of staying in the Premier League this season were dealt a blow when news emerged on Wednesday that two of their key players will be out for the rest of the campaign.
March 27th, 2013
Steven Fletcher sustained ankle ligament damage when representing Scotland on Friday night, while Lee Cattermole’s persistent knee problem means the pair must watch the remainder of Sunderland’s games from the stands.
A club statement said: “Sunderland have confirmed today that striker Steven Fletcher and captain Lee Cattermole will miss the rest of the current campaign due to injury.”
The statement added: “Cattermole underwent an operation on his knee earlier today and Fletcher sustained ankle ligament damage whilst on international duty with Scotland.
“It is not known at this stage if Fletcher will require an operation, with the injury requiring further assessment in the coming weeks.
“Both players will play no further part in the Black Cats’ 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.”
It’s the worst possible news for manager Martin O’Neill who has seen his team slip down the table recently and the Black Cats are just four points clear of 18th-placed Wigan, with the latter having a game in hand.
Sunderland’s remaining fixtures start with a home match against Manchester United, a visit to Chelsea and then a Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park. It could be a tense few weeks for their loyal supporters.