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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.


Moyes defends record against Sunderland boo boys

Moyes has faced growing criticism from Sunderland fans over his decisions in recent weeks. Credit: PA

Sunderland boss David Moyes defended his record after sections of the club's own fans turned on him during a 2-2 Premier League draw with West Ham.

The Black Cats twice came from behind to secure just a 21st point of the season which left them still at the foot of the table and nine points adrift of safety with six games remaining.

However, Moyes was booed on several occasions when he emerged from the dug-out and was treated to choruses of "We want Moyesy out" and "Are you watching David Moyes?" after forgotten man Wahbi Khazri's first-half goal.

I did [hear the fans], aye, but it's to be expected because me and the team are not doing well just now, so I have to accept it.

I just remember to myself that I think I have got the third or fourth-best win record in the Premier League.

The support has been fantastic. The manager's not doing well, the team's not doing well, they deserve to take their frustrations out on somebody and nearly always, it's the manager.

– Moyes press conference

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Sunderland to appeal Larsson red card

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

Sunderland intend to appeal against the red card shown to Sebastian Larsson in Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

The Sweden international was dismissed just before half-time at the Stadium of Light for a challenge of United midfielder Ander Herrera.

Referee Craig Pawson produced a straight red but replays suggested only minimal contact and the Black Cats have decided to contest the decision.

David Moyes' side, who were 1-0 down at the time, went on to lose 3-0 and remain adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.


Sunderland must keep believing, says Cattermole

Lee Cattermole is close to relegation with Sunderland Credit: PA

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole admits their survival chances appear bleak but vowed the Black Cats will fight on.

Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Leicester left them bottom of the Premier League and eight points from safety with eight games left.

Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy's second-half goals compounded a difficult few days for Sunderland boss David Moyes.

He had been criticised when footage emerged over the weekend of him suggesting a BBC reporter might get a slap following a post-match interview last month.

The Black Cats host Manchester United on Sunday and Cattermole said they must keep believing they can stay up.

It looks very tough but you don't become a footballer by shying away from things.

Everyone has that drive, we need to look forward to Sunday, get ourselves going and show how much we care about the position we're in.

We've got another game on Sunday, we have to show some pride, stand up and find out what we're all about.

We can't make any excuses, I thought we were bang at it and we played well at the champions. We felt we were the better team but we're walking away with nothing.

– Lee Cattermole

Moyes 'expected' backing from club after comments

David Moyes' team are now eight points from safety Credit: PA

Under-fire Sunderland boss David Moyes thanked the club for their support following his controversial comments to a reporter but admitted the Black Cats' survival chances are fading.

The Scot watched his side lose 2-0 at Leicester on Tuesday after goals from Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy.

It came after a controversial few days for Moyes after footage emerged over the weekend of him telling a BBC reporter she might get a slap following a post-match interview last month.

The Scot apologised and Sunderland issued a statement backing him in his job but saying his comments were "wholly inappropriate".

Now Moyes has said he "expected" the support he got from Sunderland, while also admitting the task of keeping them in the Premier League was looking tougher by the day.

I think it was great to get that support from the club and I expected it. I've been surprised in many ways but I've done my job with the players, prepared them and organised them.

The world of football is a great business now, it employs an incredible amount of people, whether it be in the media or at the training grounds, and for that reason football is a big talking point.

It (preparing for the game) was not difficult at all, I said and did all the things, prepared the players and did the same things we would do for any other game.

It's tougher [to stay up].

I really felt that to give us a real chance we would have to win one of these two away games and they both were difficult on paper.

What I didn't put down was a win against a Manchester United or an Arsenal or Chelsea in our remaining fixtures so in my head I know we have to win at least one of those games.

– David Moyes
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