Injury update: Kone aims for Watford return

Lamine Kone will remain on Wearside during the international break to focus on recovering from a knee injury.

Initially selected by the Ivory Coast, the defensive colossus has been forced to withdraw from the squad after missing Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burnley.

Speaking to, David Moyes revealed that he hopes to have Kone available for selection when the Black Cats travel to Watford.

“On Thursday – at the end of training – we were doing some heading practice and he just twisted his knee,” said the Sunderland boss.

“We’ve had it scanned and there’s nothing there so it looks like days or a week rather than anything else, but obviously it was a big miss against Burnley because we knew what we were facing up front.”

He added: “I hope to have him back in days – maybe a week – I saw him on Friday and he was limping with it, but we know there’s no damage or anything which needs any work.”

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