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Sunderland striker Watmore suffers injury setback

Watmore has featured for England's U21s Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore may need a second operation on his injured knee after suffering discomfort on his return to light training.

The England Under-21 international, who was effectively ruled out for the rest of the season with anterior cruciate ligament damage in December last year, may now face a further spell on the sidelines.

He is due to see a specialist this week to discover whether or not further surgery is required.

Duncan might be needing a little bit of work done on his knee. Obviously, he's not back, but he might be needing a little bit more surgery on his knee.

He's been feeling it - he's been running a little bit - so he'll see the surgeon this week.

– Sunderland manager David Moyes

Watmore, 23, has been one of the few bright sparks for the Black Cats this season as they attempt to stave off relegation for the fifth successive year.

His pace and direct approach have been badly missed as Sunderland have struggled to provide support to leading scorer Jermain Defoe in recent months.

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FA rejects Sunderland appeal over Larsson red card

Larsson was shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson for a late tackle on Ander Herrera. Credit: PA

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has failed in his bid to have the red card he received against Manchester United overturned on appeal.

The 31-year-old Swede challenged referee Craig Pawson's decision to dismiss him for a 43rd-minute challenge on Ander Herrera during Sunday's 3-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light, but Football Association disciplinary chiefs have backed the official.

An Independent Regulatory Commission has rejected a wrongful dismissal claim from Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson.

The midfielder was dismissed for serious foul play during the Black Cats' Premier League fixture against Manchester United on 9 April, 2017.

Larsson's three-match suspension remains in place.

– FA statement

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