Sunderland’s Marc Wilson after the defeat during the FA Cup, third round match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.

Sunderland travel to Wales on Saturday to face Cardiff City as they aim to put Saturday’s FA Cup disappointment behind them.

The Black Cats crashed out of the competition at the 3rd Round stage for the third successive season with a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Chris Coleman’s men will be looking to bounce back as they face a Cardiff City side sitting third in the Championship table despite losing their last four matches and stumbling to a 0-0 draw with League Two side Mansfield Town on Saturday in the FA Cup.

Coleman will now be without top scorer Lewis Grabban who has now returned to parent club Bournemouth after cutting short a fruitful loan spell on Wearside.

Coleman told the Sunderland Echo: “Throughout my time at the football club I have continually reiterated that I only wish to work with players who want to be here and work hard for Sunderland.

“Lewis informed us of his desire to leave and we wish him well.”

Coleman will be boosted by the arrival of Chelsea’s Jake Clarke-Salter on loan, who you can read about here, as the manager looks to add some much needed quality to Sunderland’s stretched squad.

Liverpool’s teenage sensation Ben Woodburn was also expected to arrive at the Stadium of Light however this move appears to have been delayed due to Liverpool’s sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and the injury to top scorer Mohamed Salah.

Sunderland’s line up against Middlesbrough proved additions are vital during January with a bench consisting mainly of Under 23 prospects.

However, despite his lack of experience, midfielder Ethan Robson was one of the few bright sparks from the cup defeat on his first start for Sunderland and fans will be hoping to see more of the 21-year-old in the middle of the park.

Coleman has also been lifted by the imminent return of injured quartet Didier Ndong, Lamine Kone Adam Matthews and Jonny Williams. Ndong, Kone and Matthews returned to training this week while Williams is close to returning following a shoulder dislocation.