Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v A Villa

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 1 - 1 S'land

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

O'Neill - We'll have to cope

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admits losing Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole to injury is not ideal but says the club 'have to get on with it'.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 12:04 Post Comment

Martin O'Neill: Will not dwell on injury setbacks at Sunderland

Martin O'Neill: Will not dwell on injury setbacks at Sunderland

The Black Cats were dealt a double injury blow on Wednesday when both striker Fletcher and captain Cattermole were ruled out for the rest of the season.

The club's leading scorer suffered ankle ligament damage on international duty with Scotland, while his team-mate and skipper underwent another operation on a knee problem.

O'Neill says they cannot afford to dwell on the injuries to their key players with the club sitting just four points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

He told the Daily Mirror: "It's not great, but we'll have to get on with it. It's a blow to Fletcher, and a blow to us.

"We've just had the news through from the specialist. His ankle will have to be put in a non-weight bearing plaster or something, for about a fortnight to know whether it might have settled down or will need an operation.

"I watched the game [against Wales last Friday, in which Fletcher was injured], saw him go down and saw the stretcher go on. You fear the worst, then hope it is better news.

"You send players away on international duty and that is the risk you run. Anything can happen... and it has.

"We have to get on with it. I was watching the Republic of Ireland game last night and thankfully none of our players got injured, otherwise it would have been worse.

"It is something we could have done without at this stage of the season."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Mail Box

Look Away Now Please, Sherwood...

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company