Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Injured Wallace Is out for the Season

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Injured Wallace Is out for the Season

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Byline: By JAMES HUNTER

WINGER Ross Wallace is out for the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments in training.

Midfielder Grant Leadbitter will also be missing for between two and three weeks with a broken toe as Sunderland's injury problems begin to mount.

Sunderland already have Danny Higginbotham out of action with a broken toe - and boss Roy Keane today confirmed the defender will need an operation on the toe, sidelining him for up to six weeks.

The injuries are a triple blow for Sunderland as they go to Spurs tomorrow looking to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Wallace's injury is the most serious and it comes just a week after Keane announced he is willing to listen to offers for the former Celtic flanker.

Wallace, 22, was one of the Keane's first signings after being appointed in August 2006 and has made a major impact at the Stadium of Light.

Keane said: "Ross fell in training this week and twisted his knee.

"He has had a scan and it has shown up damage to his knee ligament and he will be out for the rest of the season.

"We do not know yet whether he will need surgery.

"It is a blow to Ross and us. I spoke to him last week about his situation, but said I would be delighted if there was no move and he stayed here because he would be part of my plans."

Broken toe victims Leadbitter and Higginbotham are also facing spells out of action.

Keane said: "Danny has missed the last two games with his toe but he now needs surgery and that means he will be out for six weeks.

"Grant has a similar problem and he is looking at two to three weeks out."

Sunderland beat Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light last weekend and they go to White Hart Lane aiming for their first away win of the season.

Keane added: "It is important we kick on from the Portsmouth win and gain some sort of momentum, which we have not done all season. …

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