Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits Cabral could be on his way this week.
Genoa hope to sign Cabral on-loan.
"We are having a few chats with Cabral, and we will see what the future brings," said Poyet.
"He was either going to play for 90 minutes [against Carlisle] or not - I didn't think it was a good option for him to be on the bench.
"We have a decision to make."