Sunderland manager David Moyes has ruled out a return for Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe against Stoke City in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Anichebe has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for weeks and was expected to return against Stoke.
“Victor Anichebe isn’t ready for this weekend,” Moyes said in Friday’s press conference.
Moyes will be banking on Sunderland good home form against the Potters.
“We have a good winning run against Stoke at home so let’s hope it continues,” the former Manchester United manager added.
“We’ve played a lot better at home and we look capable of getting results at the Stadium Of Light.
“I watched Stoke play recently and they’re a good team. They have a very stable club and they’re trying to move up every year.
“We need our home form and we’re going to need the supporters right behind us between now and the end of the season.”