Friday 20 October 2017

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole ruled out for four months with hip injury

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has been struggling with a hip problem
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has been struggling with a hip problem

Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole will be out of action for four months after undergoing surgery in America to address a long-standing hip problem.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who has made just three appearances to date this season, had a procedure to repair a torn cartilage in his hip on Monday and now faces a long haul back to fitness.

Manager David Moyes said: "Lee Cattermole had an operation in America on Monday on a torn cartilage in his hip and will be out for four months. He's out there just now, coming back in the next day or two, I think."

The news came as a significant blow to Moyes, who has been without one of the club's most consistent performers in recent seasons for much of his reign on Wearside.

The setback arrived after a lengthy treatment process which eventually got to the root of the problem.

Moyes said: "It's a big blow because we have had hernias, we have had epidurals, we have had other things done but, by all accounts, we have found a tear in his cartilage in his hip which has now been repaired."

Cattermole, who joined the Black Cats in a £6million switch from Wigan during the summer of 2009, has been a key figure in the club's successful survival fights over the last four years.

But he was last able to take to the field for the 3-2 Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace on September 24.

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