Tuesday 16 January 2018

John O'Shea fighting to be fit for Sunderland's trip to Everton

John O’Shea reacts after scoring an own goal against Tottenham
John O’Shea reacts after scoring an own goal against Tottenham

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.

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