MIKE Dodds admits he'll have to make a late selection call on "one or two" players ahead of Tuesday night's game at Leeds United.

But one player who definitely won't feature is Nazariy Rusyn, who might not play again this season.

The Ukrainian has missed the last three games with a calf problem and although he's resumed light training, Dodds doesn't expect to have the forward in first team contention anytime soon.

“He’s not close,” Dodds said.

“He was out on the grass running today but he’s not with the group. He’s still going to be a couple of weeks and will probably be touch and go whether he’s back for the Sheffield Wednesday game.”


Sunderland's interim head coach will leave it as late as possible before confirming his plans for the game at Elland Road, with a couple of players being monitored after picking up knocks in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Bristol City.

Dodds said: “Trai (Hume) picked up a little bit of a knock in the game but he got through it. There are one or two we are having to manage a little bit.

“There is still 24 hours before the game so we’ll see how they react in the morning.”