Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson will not feature for the Black Cats again this season after scans revealed he suffered a broken leg.
He joins a growing list of casualties currently on the treatment table at the Stadium of Light, to leave Steve Bruce's squad so depleted that he has just ten senior players available to choose from.
Consistent injury problems has left Sunderland's season fallen by the wayside, with the Black Cats for a short while seemingly drawn into a relegation battle.
But having achieved enough positive results in the past few weeks, for the patched up squad to steer themselves away from the drop, the season end can't come soon enough for Bruce and his coaching staff.
Richardson has been out of action for the past month after limping out of Sunderland's home defeat against West Brom, with what was first diagnosed as a hamstring problem.
However, further scans over the past 48hours have shown that he has in fact fractured the fibula in his left leg.
Add to that further injuries to Michael Turner and Lee Cattermole who will both miss tomorrow's trip to Bolton Wanderers, and Sunderland are left with bare bones ahead of the Reebok Stadium clash.
Already without the services of Frazer Campbell (knee ligaments), Asamoah Gyan (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (hamstring), David Meyler (knee ligaments), Titus Bramble (knee cartilidge), and Craig Gordon (knee tendon).
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will look to rebuild his squad in the summer with some fresh faces, and hopes to have Richardson, along with a number of his other crocked stars, back and ready to join in with pre-season.
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