Sunderland v Blackburn preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Blackburn at the Stadium of Light.

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Cattermole: Has a back-related hamstring injury

Cattermole: Has a back-related hamstring injury

Black Cats skipper Lee Cattermole and record signing Asamoah Gyan are major doubts for the visit of Rovers.

Midfielder Cattermole is struggling once again with a back-related hamstring problem which hampered last season, while Gyan suffered a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 2-0 home defeat by Blackpool.

Defender Nedum Onuoha is likely to miss out with a similar problem, but Titus Bramble, who played almost an hour of Tuesday's game as a substitute, is available after getting further action under his belt in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Gateshead on Thursday, while Danny Welbeck (neck) is also expected to be fit.

John Mensah (ankle) remains a week away from a return, but Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) are still on the casualty list.

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson is set to be sidelined for the next three weeks after aggravating a calf injury in his side's 3-1 win at West Brom on Tuesday.

The former England number one had to be replaced by Mark Bunn at the Hawthorns and will miss the game against the Black Cats as well as the upcoming clashes with Liverpool, QPR and Chelsea.

Striker Nikola Kalinic and full-back Michel Salgado are suspended, while manager Steve Kean will give Christopher Samba a fitness test following an ankle problem.

Sunderland (from): Gordon, Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Da Silva, Cattermole, Meyler, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Welbeck, Zenden, Bent, Gyan, Adams, Cook, Reed.

Blackburn (from): Bunn, Nelsen, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Emerton, Pedersen, Linganzi, E-H Diouf, Dunn, Benjani, Hoilett, MB Diouf, Doran, Morris, Hanley, Lowe, Potts, Fielding.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke City
Newcastle v Swansea
West Ham v C Palace
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
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Monday, 21 April 2014
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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