Blow for Sunderland as Brown is ruled out until the new year with knee injury
14:45 GMT, 31 October 2012
Sunderland defender Wes Brown looks set to miss the rest of this year after suffering a setback on his recovery from the knee injury which has forced him to miss the start of the season.
The 33-year-old former Manchester United centre back broke down in training last week and has travelled to see a specialist in London for scans and treatment.
Brown, who has had a troubled Sunderland career since his move from Old Trafford in summer 2011, was injured during a pre-season game in South Korea and was close to a return to the Sunderland first team squad a fortnight ago.
But he suffered further complications to his knee during a training session and now looks unlikely to play again this year.
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill said:
'Wes had a setback in his recovery. He was training with us and doing
well when he had a setback and we will assess how much of a setback it
'He wants to see a specialist who was on holiday last week so he hadn’t ability to do that. The fella is down in London, he knows Wes inside out and he is the man Wes wants to see.'
The news is a further blow for O’Neill who is also without centre-half Titus Bramble who has a hip problem. His only cover for first-choice pair John O’Shea and Carlos Cuellar is Matt Kilgallon who was on the bench for last night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.