Sunderland have been handed a blow with news that Ross Wallace is out for the season after damaging knee ligaments in training.
The versatile 22-year-old pulled up in training and after medical tests, has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Wallace's injury will put further strain on a Sunderland squad that has suffered its fair share of ill-fortune upon returning to the top flight.
Black Cats boss Roy Keane is eager to add numbers to his ranks before the close of the January transfer window, having been armed with a handsome transfer kitty.
And that need to bring players to the North East club has only intensified with news of Wallace's injury.