Sunderland boss Bruce upbeat over Wickham knee injury
Initial scans have suggested the outlook may be less gloomy, and the Black Cats will learn the full extent of any damage later this week.
Bruce said: "Initial scans are encouraging, but hopefully we will know more by the end of the week."
Wickham himself revealed the better news in a tweet last night.
He said: "Scans showing injury not as bad as first thought, waiting to see a knee specialist later in the week."