Chelsea v Sunderland: Sick Sebastian Coates a doubt for Cats

Sebastian Coates
Sebastian Coates

Sebastian Coates is a doubt for Sunderland's trip to Chelsea this weekend.

Centre-half Coates has been suffering from illness and may miss Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge after fellow defender Younes Kaboul was similarly ill for last weekend's defeat against Watford.

Kaboul is now available, yet Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was forced to change his system against the Hornets after the Black Cats struggled without one of their three recognised centre-halves.

That may force Allardyce to start with the 4-3-3 set-up with which Sunderland finished the game against Watford.