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John O'Shea | Defensemen

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 165

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Sunderland have signed Argentine defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Club Estudiantes de La Plata until the end of the season.
Vergini was on loan with Argentine Primera club Estudiantes from Uruguayan parent club Atletico Fenix. He began his career in Paraguay with Olimpia before playing with Verona in 2011. After a stint with Newell’s Old Boys, Vergini joined Estudiantes in 2013. He has one cap for the Argentina national team. It's not clear yet if Vergini will replace one of the regular starters (John O'Shea or Wes Brown) or if he's strictly there for backup, but with 36 goals conceded (T-3rd most in the league) thru 22 games, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will need to sure up as many inconsistencies at the back as possible before it's too late. Sunderland's next match is against Stoke City at home on January 29. Jan 20 - 10:04 PM

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Sunderland captain John O'Shea is expected to be fit for the match against Chelsea despite suffering a muscle injury against Aston Villa.

The defensive partnership between O'Shea and West Brown has been one of the main reasons for Sunderland's improved performances and results, so Gus Poyet will be delighted with his captain's recovery. The Black Cats remain without Kieren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar due to injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 04:52:00 AM

Sunderland XI: Westwood, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea (c), Cuellar, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Altidore, Fletcher Substitutes: Ki, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Roberge, Borini, Mannone

Phil Bardsley returns to the starting XI, much to the delight of fantasy managers who stashed him at 1.47m this week. Altidore and Fletcher will partner up top with a two-headed striker attack.
Source: Twitter
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:39:00 AM

Sunderland AFC have confirmed via Twitter that they have parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canio, after the Italian manager could only muster 3 wins in 13 matches dating back to when he took over the club late last season.

After a 3-0 drubbing by West Brom, the brass had seen enough. Di Canio cannot complain as to a lack of talent around him, he played a large part in the summer transfer signings. It appears the fault was with tactical decisions and the players not buying into Di Canio's style. Sunderland will now be looking for its sixth manager in five seasons, just the sort of instability that can see a club get relegated.
Source: Twitter
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 06:08:00 AM

Paolo Di Canio insists there are players at Sunderland with the right attitude and has urged everyone to follow the example set by stand-in captain John O'Shea.

It's safe to say that Di Canio's planned clear-out this summer won't include O'Shea after these comments and may even suggest he could replace Lee Cattermole as permanent captain in the long term.
Thu, May 23, 2013 08:11:00 AM