Sunderland injury worry for Scotland striker Steven Fletcher

DOWN AND OUT: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher is injured at Hampden Park.
DOWN AND OUT: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher is injured at Hampden Park.

STEVEN FLETCHER will be assessed by Sunderland’s medical staff after potentially dealing a heavy blow to the Black Cats’ survival fight.

Sunderland’s top scorer lasted just two minutes of Scotland’s 2-1 defeat to Wales at Hampden Park last night before landing awkwardly on his ankle following an aerial challenge with Swansea left-back Ben Davies.

Fletcher immediately limped off and has already been ruled out of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Tuesday.

But it is the long-term implications of Fletcher’s injury which will be worrying boss Martin O’Neill.

The £12million man will now return to Wearside where he will undergo tests and receive treatment from Sunderland’s medical staff.

But new Scotland boss Gordon Strachan did offer a ray of hope last night though, by indicating Fletcher’s injury was not as bad as first feared.

Stachan said: “His ankle buckled. Fletcher was a bit shocked but he is more relaxed now. He is getting assessed and he will get assessed by his club.”

Fletcher has missed just one Premier League game for Sunderland since his arrival from Wolves and if the 25-year-old does face a spell on the sidelines, it will put the burden on goalless January arrival Danny Graham.