Sunderland boss Roy Keane has been dealt yet another injury blow with the news midfielder Liam Miller could be out of action for a month.
The 26-year-old headed back to Wearside today after damaging a calf muscle in the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in Dublin.
Miller failed to re-appear after the break at Croke Park and later revealed the initial prognosis was that the injury was not too serious, but that he could be out of action for three weeks.
That could hardly have come at a worse time for Keane, whose side face Wigan at the Stadium of Light on Saturday hoping a fourth successive Barclays Premier League home win will further ease their relegation fears.
Miller has started the club's last four games, and his absence this weekend leaves Keane with a selection headache in central midfield.
Dwight Yorke also has a calf problem, Grant Leadbitter is out with a broken toe, Kieran Richardson aggravated a hamstring injury on his return to action last Saturday and new signing Andy Reid is still working his way back to full match fitness.
Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu has now returned from the African Nations Cup and he seems likely to partner skipper Dean Whitehead in the middle.