MARTIN Jol is short of options in the middle of the park for Sunday's clash at Craven Cottage.
Chris Baird is suspended, while Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Mickael Tavares (hamstring) are major doubts and are unlikely to be ready in time to face the Black Cats.
That leaves boss Jol with a selection headache, with Giorgos Karagounis or Bryan Ruiz set to partner Steve Sidwell in the heart of midfield.
Elsewhere, Kieran Richardson is out for 10 days with a hamstring problem after limping off against Arsenal last weekend, so Alex Kacaniklic will deputise.
Simon Davies is a long-term absentee.
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