Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that the imminent return to fitness of a number of his squad is not good news for many members of his current starting line-up.
Poyet has been forced to persevere with a host of Sunderland's struggling stars this season, because of his lack of other options, but their injury problems are lessening by the week.
The increased competition is something which Poyet is looking forward to, but the Uruguayan admits that it could be bad news for certain members of his team.
"Next week, with Anthony [Reveillere] and Patrick [van Aanholt] back, they are all going to be important players in the squad," Poyet told the Sunderland Echo.
“It’s fantastic for the manager, terrible for the players."
Poyet will be hoping that, with more options available to him, he will be able to start guiding the side to more victories.
Sunderland have won just three Premier League games to date, but they are still away from the drop-zone because of their reluctance to lose.
The Black Cats have been defeated only five times this campaign and that gives them a solid platform to build on during 2015.