REID FACING STRIKER SHORTAGE
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dichio, who has only recently returned from a groin injury, was forced to leave the pitch at half-time after a collision had left him covered with blood.
Wearsiders' boss Peter Reid is now facing a mini-injury crisis, as he is already without the services of strikers Niall Quinn (back) and Don Hutchison (groin).
"Danny looks as though he has broken his nose and he will be going to see a specialist about it," confirmed reserves coach Ricky Sbragia.
"He took a knock in the face and it seems that's what did the damage. He had to come off at half-time which was a blow to us.
"But on the positive side, his groin seemed generally okay although he did say it was a little bit sore," he told the club's official site.
Hutchison, meanwhile, will be able to take some comfort in the knowledge that he has been named as the Sunderland AFC Supporters' Association Player of the Year.
The 29-year-old forward, who moved to The Wearsiders from Everton in a £2.5 million deal in July, has hit the net on ten occasions this season.
"Winning an award like this is a massive honour at any time, but for it to come in my first year at Sunderland just makes it all the better."
The Young Player of the Season award went to Argentinian wing sensation Julio Arca.
Arca, 19, has made 25 starts for Sunderland this season and has greatly impressed manager Peter Reid.
"Considering Julio is only 19 and in a foreign country, he has been magnificent," enthused Reid.