Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole is facing several weeks on the sidelines as he attempts to avoid knee surgery. Boss Martin O'Neill said: "He went to see the specialist and he has given him an injection. At this moment, he is hoping in the next couple of weeks that that would cure things.
"But if it didn't do, then we might have to have another look at things, so we will see how it goes."
Asked if surgery might be needed if the injection does not solve the problem, O'Neill replied: "That has been mentioned, but we will see.
"I wouldn't start to draw too many conclusions from that at the moment, but that might be the case."