Midfielder Blow For Coleman
Sunderland manager Chris Coleman again has mixed news on the injury front ahead of the tie against Millwall this weekend.
On the one hand he is likely to be able to welcome back Kazenga LuaLua and Ovie Ejaria from their issues, but he's now lost Paddy McNair for up to three weeks with the groin injury he sustained in the three all draw with Middlesbrough.
Facing off against Tony Pulis' side last weekend, Sunderland battled to a three all draw but a casualty from the tie was McNair who went off injured in the 42nd minute in the entertaining but fiesty three all draw that saw both sides reduced to ten men by the full time whistle.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to discuss the clash with Millwall, Coleman explained.
'We`ll probably lose Paddy for two or three weeks with his groin which is unfortunate. Paddy has that physicality in midfield - he has energy and he`s a very good player - so to lose him, especially in the Championship where that type of player can change your life, is a blow.'
The former Welsh manager went on to say.
'They (Ejaria and LuaLua) have a really good chance. It`s hard because there`s a foot of snow outside so we`ve had to train indoors which is not ideal, as that surface is not really suitable for a lot of our boys. Apparently tomorrow isn`t going to be any better, but we think Kaz and Ovie have a really good chance for the weekend. Let`s keep our fingers crossed.'
Sunderland continue to be without Robbin Ruiter and Marc Wilson with their longer term injuries.