Defender expected to make Saints clash

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is expected to win his fitness battle in time for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton.

Sunderland: Defender expected to make Saints clashSunderland: Defender expected to make Saints clash

The veteran centre-back limped off during the first half of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace complaining of a tight calf muscle.

But subsequent scans have shown the damage is not as bad as first feared and he should make the squad for the St Mary’s clash.

However, Lee Cattermole, who was left with concussion and stitches after a clash of heads with Palace’s Jordon Mutch, will not make it and nor will fellow midfielder Jeremain Lens as he continues his recovery from hernia surgery.

Striker Duncan Watmore will be sidelined for some time by an ankle ligament problem.

Provisional squad: Mannone, Pickford, Van Aanholt, Yedlin, O’Shea, Jones, Kone, Kaboul, Brown, Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Rodwell, Toivonen, Larsson, Defoe, N’Doye.

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