Ahead of critical Hull visit, Sunderland loses Cattermole for four months

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My goodness, does Sunderland need this Saturday’s match against Hull City.

It’s 20th place versus 18th place, and the bottom-dwelling Black Cats welcome the Tigers with the hopes of closing its six-point gap from safety. Hull’s a point back as well, and looking to lowly Sunderland as a prime place to leap ahead.

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The Black Cats could use any boost at this time, and instead are finding more bad news.

Midfielder and longtime club servant Lee Cattermole will not be available for at least four months after suffering a major hip injury.

And he joins a decent list of absences for Saturday’s match (from the BBC):

It had been hoped midfielder Jan Kirchhoff would return from injury but the German will not feature.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell is also out through injury while forward Fabio Borini is still sidelined and Steven Pienaar is suspended.

Despite the injuries, David Moyes will hope his Black Cats can build on a 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

“We need to give the supporters something to shout about and we haven’t done enough of that this year,” he said. “Hopefully we can tomorrow.”

Important players Jermain Defoe, Patrick Van Aanholt, and Wahbi Khazri remain healthy. Could that be enough to beat the Tigers?