FA Cup 06.01 info

Middlesbrough – Sunderland



Doubtful  Fabio da Silva ,M. Braithwaite


Given their fight to stay in the Championship, this weekend’s FA Cup trip to the Riverside is somewhat of an unnecessary distraction for Sunderland but even if Coleman wanted to rest key players, his mounting injury problems and lack of depth means that’s not really an option.

He said: “Boro next week, it’s not like we can rest four, five or six players – we have no-one else to come in.”

Coleman’s list of absent players is piling up.

Duncan Watmore is out for the season, Jonny Williams and Lee Cattermole are both missing, Darron Gibson has picked up a groin injury and Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong haven’t been fit.

Sunderland are also without top scorer Lewis Grabban, who is another currently sidelined.

Marc Wilson was missing with a tight calf suffered at Nottingham Forest, He will be assessed ahead of the FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday. Coleman said: “His calf had tightened up, he couldn’t play. We can’t start him and then lose him for six weeks. He is too important.