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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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