Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair out for 2-3 weeks with groin injury

Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair faces up to three weeks out of action after suffering a groin injury at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international was forced off after 41 minutes of the weekend’s dramatic 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough.

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McNair has had a number of niggling injuries this season after recovering from rupturing the cruciate ligament in his knee in November 2016.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman said: “Paddy has that physicality in midfield – he has energy and he’s a very good player – so to lose him, especially in the Championship where that type of player can change your life, is a blow.”

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Sunderland had train indoors today with over a foot of snow lying at the Academy of Light.

The draw against Middlesbrough left Coleman’s side bottom of the Championship table, four points from safety.