soton v safc

Injury concerns for MON

by Stuart Vose

Boss gives pre-match update.

Martin O’Neill says Danny Rose will be missing when Sunderland head to West Brom on Saturday.

The defender limped out of the defeat to Arsenal and is receiving treatment alongside several other players.

“Danny came with us on the trip but he would be very, very doubtful,” the Sunderland manager said.

“In fact, he would have no chance of playing.”

“We’ve got a few injuries still – despite the fact we haven’t played for over a fortnight now and still have a few players who will be missing from the game on Saturday.

“That said, we’re a Barclays Premier League side, therefore, we should be able to cope with these things.”

O’Neill boosted his squad with three January signings last month, including £5m striker Danny Graham who has made two substitute appearances so far.

And the Black Cats boss has been pleased with the progress made by the former Swansea man during his side’s two-week break from action.

“It [the break] gave Danny [Graham] an opportunity to work with the players that he hasn’t done before,” O’Neill said.

“In time he’ll play – he might even start the game [on Saturday].

“Of course he’d love to get on and score and getting himself settled down – all of those things will happen.”