Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has said that he still has to wait for the scan results in order to assess the injury extent to the defender Wes Brown. The former Manchester United defender appeared to suffer a major injury in the 3-2 win over Groningen. This was the first match Sunderland took part in following their return to England after playing pre-season friendly matches in various areas of the world. The 32-year-old defender is regarded as one of the key members of the squad. His absence will prove to be extremely costly for the manager in the early part of the campaign.

Depending upon the extent of the injury, it is thought that Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill will be making some new signings in the defensive department in order to cover the absence. However, the former Aston Villa manager is not making any moves until he gets the definite verdict on his injury. Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill recently had a bid rejected for £ 12 million for the Wolves striker Fletcher. After losing strikers like Gyan and Bendtner, Sunderland will be looking to bring in the Wolves striker in order to bolster the striking options. Martin O’Neill is aiming for a top 10 finish this season.

“He will be assessed. He is doing some scans and I’m hoping that the news is going to be okay. But his knee is really swollen. Norwich had asked us about it before Wes’ injury and so having given permission for Michael to go down there and the clubs having agreed a fee, it was just ironic that Wes got injured at the time. We will see what develops down in Norwich, but I am hoping that Wes’ injury is not as bad as it might have been,” said Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill.

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