Lee Cattermole

Skipper's injury setback

by Stuart Vose

Catts injured but better news on Fletcher and O’Shea.

Martin O’Neill has revealed that captain Lee Cattermole has suffered an injury setback.

The Sunderland skipper tweaked his knee during a practice game earlier this week and is being assessed.

Cattermole returned to senior action in midweek but could now be set for a spell on the sidelines.

“We had a little game on Thursday with Lee and one or two of the other players, and he had a little bit of a setback there,” O’Neill explained.

“Hopefully Lee won’t be out as long as he was last time. He’s a bit sore and we’ll monitor that on hopefully a daily basis.

“He stubbed his toe as he went to kick a ball and a pain shot through his knee.

“It’s settled down a bit but hopefully things will progress quicker than before.”

However, there’s better news elsewhere with O’Neill hoping that striker Steven Fletcher will be available for tomorrow’s game at Wigan.

The frontman had been struggling with illness and could be joined by defender John O’Shea, who is back in training.

“Steven did a little bit of training yesterday and is feeling much better,” O’Neill revealed.

“John would be a bit further forward than [Danny Rose and Carlos Cuellar] and has done some training, so we’re hopeful he might come through.”