John O'Shea is confident Sunderland can handle the loss of Stephane Sessegnon to suspension, with the club boasting strength in depth.
A fiery North East derby with local rivals Newcastle on Sunday has cost the Black Cats dear, with Sessegnon and club captain Lee Cattermole set to serve suspensions.
Both men are considered to be key performers for the Wearside outfit, but both will sit out crucial fixtures over the coming weeks.
Sessegnon has been an ever-present up until this point, but he will miss Premier League games against Liverpool and Blackburn and an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Everton as a result of his dismissal at St James' Park.
O'Shea admits the Benin international will be a big loss, but believes Sunderland have enough quality cover to cope in his absence.
"It's a blow to lose Sessegnon, but that's where Fraizer (Campbell) and Nick (Bendtner) come in," he told the Shields Gazette.
"Big Nick did excellent against Newcastle, scoring the penalty for us, while Fraizer has been great since he's come back.
"A couple of the younger lads have to step up to the mark too.
"Ji (Dong-won) and Connor (Wickham) haven't been on the bench for the last few games, but they're going to have to play their part now.
"They've been doing fantastic in training and they'll have to do their stuff.
"Suspensions are one of those things that happen and you just have to cope with it. The other strikers that we've got can provide different things."