SUNDERLAND captain Corry Evans will miss next week’s Championship tie against Wigan Athletic after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Evans was cautioned in the early stages of the first half during the Black Cats 2-1 defeat to Swansea City. Oliver Cooper and Harry Darling gave the Swans a two goal lead before Jack Clarke’s smart finish provided one back in the later stages.

The 32-year-old has missed just one game in the league this season and has been a crucial part of Sunderland’s midfield during Tony Mowbray’s reign.

His suspension adds to an injury list consisting of forward duo Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms but once again, Mowbray is not looking for excuses as he continued: “You have to accept that suspensions and injuries are part of football. We have to get on with it and not try and make a big song and dance about it. Cory is suspended but we have to get on with that.

“There will be more suspensions I’m sure before the cut off point so let’s just keep going. We’ll get them in, have a good week of training, prepare for Wigan and hopefully a big crowd next week and three points.”

Sunderland’s defeat in South Wales leaves them in 11th place in the table. Next week’s opponents sit five places below them but are just one point behind.