Carlos Edwards will not return to action with Sunderland until after the next international break.
The Black Cats winger has been sidelined for the last six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the 2-2 draw at Birmingham.
Manager Roy Keane is refusing to rush Edwards back into action for the games against Blackburn and Arsenal, with the trip to West Ham on 21st October pencilled in for his return.
Keane told the club's official website: "Carlos won't be available until after the international break. We can't be taking any chances, he's not quite right yet and it would be silly to try to push him for the sake of one game.
"He's not available for this Saturday and to try to push him for the Arsenal game would be madness.
"We're missing him already and it would be a massive blow if he was to have another setback. With the numbers we have we're just about getting by."
Meanwhile, former Manchester City midfielder Kiki Musampa has joined Sunderland on trial having parted company with Turkish side Trabzonspor.
Keane told the Sunderland Echo: "He is having a few games for us.
"We'll probably play him in reserve next week and he's someone we are looking at. There are one or two players that we're checking out and he is one of them."