Sunderland have been dealt a major setback with the news Fraizer Campbell faces over six months on the sidelines.
The 22-year-old striker was injured during the weekend win over Manchester City, and a scan has now confirmed the player has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Manager Steve Bruce revealed the subsequent deadline day move for Asamoah Gyan, which saw the Black Cats smash their transfer record, was vital following Campbell’s diagnosis.
He told Sky Sports News: “The owners dug deep to make it happen and it became imperative after what happened with Fraizer at the weekend.
“It’s a tragedy. That’s two we’ve had do their ACL now and after the window’s shut we hope we’re due a bit of luck.
“David Meyler did his in the last game of last season so that’s two in five Premier League games and we don’t need any more of that.
“Fraizer was just starting to show what he’s about but make no mistake, he’ll be back. He’s a larger than life character and he’ll be firing again.”