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Sunderland have doubts in defence for Cardiff visit - and, is Aiden Mcgeady back yet?

Sunderland have three key injury doubts ahead of tomorrow’s 3pm clash with Cardiff City.

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Sunderland boss Simon Grayson will make a late decision on whether to include Aiden McGeady, John O’Shea and Marc Wilson in his squad for tomorrow’s crunch clash with Cardiff City.

The Black Cats trio remain fitness doubts for Saturday’s 3pm clash with the high-flying Bluebirds as Sunderland seek an end to a dismal run of form which has resulted in no win from six league games.

Cardiff are currently third in the Championship - level on points with leaders Leeds United - but arrive at the Stadium of Light without a win themselves since the end of August.

Neil Warnock’s side enjoyed a storming start to the campaign with five straight victories but Cardiff’s form has since faltered with two draws and a defeat from their last three.

Republic of Ireland winger McGeady is Simon Grayson’s biggest miss having being absent from the last three league games with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty last month.

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Aiden McGeady on international duty
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With top scorer Lewis Grabban out for a few more weeks yet, goals have been increasingly hard to come by for the misfiring Black Cats who have only hit the back of the net 7 times from eight games.

Sunderland have only scored more than once in a solitary league game this term - in the 3-1 victory over Norwich in mid-August - and with James Vaughan presently the club’s only fit senior striker, Simon Grayson is relying on others in the squad to weigh in with their fair share to lift the gloom on Wearside.

It’s fair to say the Black Cats boss is banking on McGeady’s return coupled with that of Duncan Watmore next month to lift his sterile side.

Vaughan finally opened his account last weekend against Hull City and came close to adding to it on a few occasions against Everton in the Carabao Cup midweek. Black Cats fans will be hoping the summer signing from Bury can continue his form tomorrow in front of an expectant home crowd.

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The Sunderland line-up for Wednesday’s game at Everton
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At the other end, new boy Marc Wilson may not recover from a knock in time after featuring at the middle of the Sunderland defence three times since his deadline day arrival from Bournemouth.

John O’Shea is also doubtful as back-up at centre-half which may open the door to a straight return for Everton loanee Tyias Browning. The 23-year-old dropped to the bench for last week’s trip to Hull and was ineligible to face his parent club in the cup on Wednesday.

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