Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed he expects captain Lee Cattermole to be sidelined for the next two months with a knee injury.

The midfielder hobbled off during Sunderland's goalless draw with QPR last month after suffering suspected medial ligament damage and travelled to London to see a specialist.

Cattermole is now likely to be out until early February, which could see him miss as many as 12 matches as Sunderland bid to pull away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

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