Is Lamine fit, how about Bryan? Changes in defence & midfield as Sunderland sick notes mount again

Chris Coleman looks set to flog the dead horses for today's visit of Burton Albion. What odds the end of season treatment room filling up rapidly again just like last year?


The end of last season was notable for the sheer volume of players who reported as unavailable for Sunderland's Premier League relegation run-in; but is the same about to happen as the drop into League One nears?

The Black Cats will be without a host of first team regulars for the visit of Burton Albion this afternoon with an assortment of others being patched up to overcome niggles or illness. 

Bryan Oviedo is unavailable with a hamstring injury after missing the string of games in which relegation was confirmed last season with the same complaint. The Costa Rican international will be flying out to join his teammates as soon as the Championship campaign is completed to prepare for the World Cup assuming he's fit. 

The remaining slots in Sunderland's defence will be filled by John O'Shea with two from Marc Wilson, Adam Matthews and Billy Jones making up the full-back positions. Lamine Kone appears to be fit however. 

Lynden Gooch and Joel Asoro will be missing from Sunderland's forward flanks this afternoon. The pair have have proven to be roughly the only two with any pace or impetus in the Black Cats squad of late but have been ruled out for the rest of the season. 

George Honeyman and Lee Cattermole will be in the midst of it all with the former pushed forward looking to bag his seventh goal of the season and the latter positioned to point and pant in front of the back four.   

Tragically, Chris Coleman has a fit pair of Lee Camp or Jason Steele to select in goal and Ashley Fletcher is bound to lead the line again hoping he can end his sterile loan spell with something to show for it. 

Should relegation be confirmed this afternoon, can Sunderland fans expect another batch of players to report as unavailable for the couple of games left? It seems a probable proposition as we limp to the end of a thoroughly disgusting season.


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