Sunderland boss Simon Grayson is expected to ring the changes once again for his side’s Championship clash with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening, with the Black Cats suffering from more injury woe yet again, according to Sky Sports.
The Wearsiders’ abominable display during Saturday’s defeat to newly-promoted Sheffield United was rounded off with the number of players currently sidelined increasing to seven at the Stadium of Light, with defensive pairing Lamine Kone and Brendan Galloway both suffering from knocks picked up during the 2-1 embarrassment.
It is likely that John O’Shea and Brian Oviedo will return back into the starting XI to plug the gaps in the back line, with the red and white army possibly even rejoicing at the fact the former Everton left back is once again ready to come back into the fold after a number of below par performances from Galloway.
On another brighter note, Sunderland’s leader Lee Cattermole could be set for a return into Grayson’s opening line up, with the 29-year-old facing a late fitness test after being ruled out of the weekend’s lacklustre showing due to a groin injury.
Alongside the defensive midfielder facing a late call will be Aiden McGeady, whose creativity was evidently missing throughout the entirety of Saturday’s display after picking up a hamstring issue.
However, the Republic of Ireland international is the least likely out of the pairing to have recovered in time, with high levels of doubt surrounding the 31-year-old summer signing’s chances of taking to the field against Nottingham Forest.
Both Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore continue their rehabilitation following serious knee injuries which were carried over from last season, with the visit of the Tricky Trees coming too soon for either one to take a place in the squad.
Sunderland will be hoping that the return of Cattermole, Oviedo and O’Shea will inspire the Black Cats to end their prolongued run of poor form at the Stadium of Light, with the Wearsiders currently enduring their longest run at home without a win since 2006.
However, they may take confidence in the fact that the last time this week’s visitors overcame the hosts in the north east was in 1993, and the Reds have not won away from the City Ground in their last 10 attempts on a Tuesday evening.
But considering the shambles the Lads currently find themselves in, it would come as no surprise for Forest to end their hoodoo this time around when they face the below average outfit.
Sunderland predicted XI: Ruiter; Browning, Wilson, O’Shea, Oviedo; Cattermole, Ndong, McManaman, Honeyman; Grabban, Vaughan.