McCartney blow for Black Cats
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland will have to start the new season without George McCartney.Sunderland will have to start the new Premiership season without the services of George McCartney.
The Northern Ireland international has been dogged by a hamstring complaint during pre-season and manager Mick McCarthy will not risk rushing the player back to action.
McCartney has had a scan on the affected area and it is hoped that a period of inactivity will lead to a positive outcome for the 24-year-old.
"George is not right," McCarthy told the club's website. "At the minute the injury has just got to settle down.
"He's had this problem with his tendon at the bottom of his hamstring. He's been for scans and we're having it looked at but he's not going to be fit for the start of the season.
"We think he may have just torn it a little and that might be a positive thing because it has been grumbling on for a long time. If it has done that then it might start healing and might be okay."
Danny Collins is also expected to miss the season curtain raiser against Charlton after picking up an Achilles complaint.
"Danny's going to be another couple of weeks so it's unlikely for him," added McCarthy.
McCarthy is eager to bolster his squad for what is likely to be a tough Premiership campaign and is being linked with a whole host of players.
Celtic striker David Fernandez and Algerian midfielder Djamel Belmadi are believed to have caught the Yorkshireman's eye and could be offered deals if they impress.