Sunderland's loan star Danny Welbeck has been ruled out of action for three weeks through injury.
Welbeck, who is on loan from Manchester United, suffered a hamstring tear in the midweek win at Aston Villa and scans have confirmed he will be out for the rest of January.
The news is a blow for Sunderland as Welbeck had been in fine form of late with three goals in his last seven games.
Meyler boostBetter news on the injury front for Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is that midfielder David Meyler has not suffered a serious knee injury.
It was feared the Irishman had ruptured his cruciate ligament for a second time after being stretchered off at Villa Park.
However, tests have revealed that the ligament is intact and Meyler is consulting his specialist over the treatment he needs.
"The great news we got late last night is that Meyler has not ruptured the cruciate ligament," said Bruce.
"It's still intact - that's what the scans have told us, which is great news for us. He has still wrenched his knee horribly.
"We will know more in the next few hours in terms of time schedules, but he will be out for weeks."