SUNDERLAND v Newcastle: John O'Shea fitness in the balance ahead of Tyne-Wear derby

19 August 2011 03:59
Sunderland defender John O'Shea is rated at 50-50 to make his Barclays Premier League debut for the club in Saturday's derby clash with Newcastle.

The Republic of Ireland international has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in pre-season, but is short of match fitness and manager Steve Bruce will make a late decision on him.

Derby boost: Gyan (front) should be fit to start against Newcastle

Striker Asamoah Gyan has shaken off the ankle knock which saw him limp off at Liverpool last Saturday, and Bruce otherwise has no fresh concerns.

Squad (from): Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Brown, Richardson, Turner, Bramble, Ferdinand, Laing, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan, Colback, Elmohamady, Gyan, Sessegnon, Wickham, Ji, Cook.

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Source: Daily_Mail