Roy Keane's Sunderland have suffered a further injury blow with the news that Carlos Edwards is set to be sidelined for a further three weeks.
Kieran Richardson is out for up to three months with a stress fracture of the back, and now Keane has been dealt a further demoralising dent with Edwards' picking up of a hamstring injury.
Edwards had just returned to training after missing the previous three matches with a hamstring tear, only to sustain a similar injury during the session.
Keane confirmed that the Trinidad & Tobago international will miss around three weeks.
"It's not the same injury but it's a similar type of injury, in the same area," Keane told the club's official website.
"It's a setback for the lad and us because he's a big player for us.
"He had a week's running with the medical staff and then he trained with us, he was doing okay and then he walked off saying he felt something. It's a blow."
Keane added in the Sunderland Echo: "After examination we're looking at Carlos being sidelined for another two or three weeks."