An­other week’s re­cov­ery time pre­dicted for Cat­ter­mole

The Chronicle - - Sport - Jack Ross By JAMES HUNTER Sun­der­land writer james.hunter@reach­plc.com @JHun­terChron

LEE Cat­ter­mole will sit out Sun­der­land’s cup dou­ble-header but is ex­pected to re­turn for the league game against Wy­combe Wan­der­ers. The in­flu­en­tial m i d f i e l d e r missed the Black Cats’ trip to Ply­mouth with a foot prob­lem which had been ham­per­ing him in re­cent weeks, and man­ager Jack Ross says Cat­ter­mole will not fig­ure in to­mor­row’s FA Cup firstround tie at Port Vale or in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy game at More­cambe on Tuesday.

But Cat­ter­mole is due to re­sume train­ing next week and is likely to be back in con­tention when Wy­combe visit the Sta­dium of Light next Satur­day.

“He should hope­fully be fit for the Wy­combe game,” said Ross. The plan is for him to be­gin train­ing next week. “He has had a lit­tle is­sue with his foot but it has started to set­tle down. He did a bit out on the grass today, and I haven’t had a chance to speak to him or to the physio as yet.

“But he is due to train next week and, all be­ing well, he would then be back in the squad for the Wy­combe game.” Dy­lan McGeouch and Ge­orge Honey­man played as the hold­ing mid­field­ers at Ply­mouth but Ross may take the op­por­tu­nity this week­end to give ga­me­time to play­ers such as Luke O’Nien, who has made an im­pact from the bench re­cently, and Max Power who is avail­able again af­ter serv­ing a four­match sus­pen­sion. Teenager Bali Mumba could also start at Vale Park.

Ross also con­firmed that Bryan Oviedo and Den­ver Hume are back in train­ing af­ter the for­mer missed the Ply­mouth game due to a calf prob­lem, while the lat­ter limped out of the draw at Coven­try at the end of Septem­ber with a knee in­jury.

Dun­can Wat­more also played 25 min­utes of a friendly game in mid­week as he nears a first-team re­turn af­ter a year out of ac­tion with cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment dam­age.

Ross said of Sun­der­land’s in­jury prob­lems: “It’s been an in­ter­est­ing sea­son in that re­spect. I think only for the Coven­try game have I said that we were al­most at it in terms of hav­ing a near-full squad avail­able.

“But Lee will be back next week, Max is avail­able now af­ter sus­pen­sions, Bryan trained today, Den­ver trained today, Dun­can’s progress has been very good, so we are get­ting there.”

One player who still has a way to go be­fore he is ready to re­turn to the squad is Ethan Rob­son, who is still suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of an an­kle in­jury picked up a month ago.

Ross said: ““It’s frus­trat­ing for him but he just has to be pa­tient. Gen­er­ally he feels good, but when he tries twist­ing and turn­ing there isn’t enough sta­bil­ity in the an­kle. He should be ready [to re­turn] around Christ­mas.”

He should hope­fully be fit for the Wy­combe game. The plan is for him to be­gin train­ing next week

Lee Cat­ter­mole will miss the next cou­ple of games with in­jury he picked up last week

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