Sunderland's Westwood faces long absence

Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood is likely to miss the rest of the season after being forced to delay an operation on his shoulder because of illness.

Keiren Westwood, Sunderland

The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been sidelined for several weeks by the problem, which requires an operation to correct.

However, a scheduled appointment has had to be cancelled because Westwood has been ill and is taking a course of anti-biotics, and that delay means his season could effectively be over.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet said: "It has been postponed because of a little illness. You cannot have an operation when you are ill, so he is on antibiotics now."

Asked how long the player is likely to be out, the Uruguayan said: "I would like to say three to four months. Now, if you are going to think when is the season going to finish, it's probably to the end, yes."



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