John O'Shea fighting to be fit for Sunderland's trip to Everton
Published 24/12/2013 | 08:36
Sunderland defender John O’Shea is in a race against time to be fit for the Boxing Day fixture against Everton at Goodison Park.
The Republic of Ireland international damaged a shoulder during Saturday's goalless Barclays Premier League draw with Norwich at the Stadium of Light and is being assessed and is one of a number of defensive injuries facing manager Gus Poyet.
Wes Brown begins a three-match ban following his dismissal against the Canaries, while keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) are still out.