Scotland international missing once again.
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has been handed yet another injury blow after learning that he will be required to miss the next six weeks with a shoulder injury, Sky Sports reports.
The Scotland international dislocated his shoulder during last Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at West Bromwich Albion, and there were initial concerns that he could be sidelined for several months.
However, caretake manager Kevin Ball confirmed during his Friday afternoon press conference that the prognosis was much more positive than first feared.
Ball said: “The news is better than we expected. Hopefully, it will be four to six weeks, which is great news.”
Former Hibernian and Wolves forward Fletcher, who was the Black Cats’ top marksman with 11 goals last season, missed the end of last season and the start of the current campaign after undergoing ankle surgery.
And he has now been handed another devastating blow at the worst possible time, leaving Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and short on firepower following the sale of Stephane Sessegnon over the summer.
Fletcher had featured three times this season since making his comeback, scoring one goal.