Steven Fletcher ruled out until November

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is ruled out until November with a shoulder injury.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

The Scotland international had only recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but he will now be absent until November after suffering a shoulder injury last weekend.

The 26-year-old appeared to dislocate his shoulder in the closing stages against West Bromwich Albion, which saw the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man immediately withdrawn from the action.

Fletcher's injury comes as a further blow to the Black Cats, who sacked manager Paolo Di Canio on Sunday with the club currently in last position in the Premier League table.

West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon celebrates a goal against former club Sunderland on September 21, 2013
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