DANNY ROSE has returned to Tottenham Hotspur for treatment on the hamstring injury which has ruled him out of tomorrow’s trip to West Brom.
And the England Under-21 international is unlikely to be the only notable Sunderland absentee at the Hawthorns, with skipper Lee Cattermole a major doubt to face the Baggies.
On-loan Rose re-injured his hamstring against Arsenal a fortnight ago and although the strain is not as serious as the one which saw him miss a month of Premier League action at the start of 2013, the 22-year-old still faces another couple of weeks on the sidelines.
Spurs have been keen to assess Rose’s problem and he will remain at the club’s Enfield training base before returning to Wearside next week.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill said: “Danny’s likely to be a few more weeks.
“I think it’s less severe than the previous hamstring problem.
“But because he’s on loan, Tottenham Hotspur get involved as well and they want to assess him.
“That’s quite right, he’s their player and they like to see what’s happening. He’ll come back to us on Monday.
“It’s one of the drawbacks to having loan players. The parent club feel as if they have got a call for him.
“I can’t disagree with that. Let’s say anything happens to Connor Wickham (on-loan at Sheffield Wednesday) we’d want to assess him ourselves.”
Cattermole is also expected to miss tomorrow’s encounter, as he continues to suffer pain in his knee.
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