Danny Rose has returned to Tottenham Hotspur to have surgery on a wrist injury, ending his season-long loan at Sunderland.
The England U-21 international would have been ineligible when the two sides meet on Sunday, so the decision was taken for Rose to get treatment on the injury before the campaign finish
Head coach Paolo Di Canio credited the job the full-back has done for the club in 2013-14.
“Danny cannot play in the last game because it is against Tottenham and he is not staying with us this week because he needs to have surgery on his wrist,” Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo.
“He is a Tottenham player and they have to treat him – it is not our responsibility.
“But he has been fantastic for us and as a club we want to thank him for everything he has done. Maybe he will come to the game (at White Hart Lane) though.”
The Sunderland fans gave Rose a standing ovation after he made his 27th appearance of the season against Southampton last Sunday.
Player and supporters alike have indicated they would like Rose to stay with the club, but Di Canio insists no decision can be made until Sunderland secure Premier League survival.
“At Tottenham, I don’t know how many chances he will have to play,” Di Canio added.
“I don’t know whether he will have the chance to play 38 games there. We will have to wait and see what happens.
“I have not made any decisions over whether we will or will not pursue Danny. I won’t make any decisions on transfers until we are safe.
“I can’t look at that side of things until our future is clearer.”