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Player News - Sunderland

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Liam Bridcutt has failed to recover from injury in time to face champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the final day of the 2014/15 British Premier League season.

Bridcutt returned to the starting line-up against Leicester last weekend replacing the injured Jordi Gomez [fractured patella] but the winger was replaced on the hour mark after taking a knock to the knee. It was hoped that Bridcutt could play a part on Sunday but having secured their top-flight status at the Emirates midweek Dick Advocaat will take no risks and Adam Johnson looks set to retain his place. Lee Cattermole could also miss out – the midfielder has accumulated 14 yellow cards this season [joint BPL high] and one more caution would see a suspension carried over to the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign. Duncan Watmore is on standby should Danny Graham fail to recover from an ankle injury.
May 24 - 8:05 AM

Wes Brown will miss the last match of the season due to a knee injury.

The 35-year old has played 25 matches for Sunderland this year but will be missing in week 38 due to a knee injury. No Sunderland players are really worth owning in regular formats this week since they face a tough match against Chelsea.
May 23 - 3:15 PM

Jordi Gomez has been ruled out for the last match of the season with a knee injury.

Gomez scored twice earlier this month, both off penalties, to help Sunderland secure a spot in the Premier League next season with a win over Southampton. He will not be able to provide such a boost this weekend as he'll be missing with a knee injury. Wes Brown, Liam Bridcutt, and Ricardo Alvarez are also ruled out.
May 23 - 2:52 PM

Danny Graham is a doubt for gameweek 38 with an ankle injury.

Graham is a big doubt and if he can't make the squad, Ducan Watmore will step up from the under-21s. Neither one is a fantasy choice against Chelsea this weekend.
May 23 - 2:48 PM

Costel Pantilimon will not be risked in gameweek 38 with a knee injury.

Sunderland have successfully avoided relegation and there is zero reason for them to risk their goalkeeper with a knee injury. The injury is not supposed to be very serious and shouldn't be a problem for next season. Vito Mannone is expected to start for the first time this year but is not a good fantasy option against Chelsea.
May 23 - 2:44 PM

Sebastian Larsson will be assessed ahead of the final game at Stamford Bridge but Dick Advocaat will take no risks after a hard fought draw against Arsenal on Wednesday was enough to secure their place in the top flight for another season.

Larsson picked up a knee injury with around 30 minutes to go at the Emirates but the midfielder was determined to see game through and remained on the pitch as the Black Cats executed a perfect backs to the wall performance to secure the point they needed. With 9-games remaining Sunderland took a gamble on the no-nonsense disciplinarian - Dick Advocaat – and The Little General delivered finishing the season unbeaten in five - W2 D3. Sunderland travel to champions Chelsea this weekend in what is effectively a dead-rubber; Liam Bridcutt [knee] will face a late test but Alvarez, Gomez and Wes Brown are all ruled out.
Source: Metro
May 22 - 1:39 AM

Sunderland are again safe for another season in the Premier League after holding Arsenal scoreless at the Emirates.

Costel Pantilimon made a strong save on Theo Walcott late and stood up to Arsenal pressure for the entire match as Sunderland got the point they needed for survival. Sunderland conceded possession for most of the match and we're content to absorb Arsenal pressure. For the most part they handled it well. Olivier Giroud forced a couple of good saves from Pantilimon and Walcott forced the lanky goalkeeper to go low to his right to save a hard-driven ball in the late going. The draw leaves Hull City and Newcastle as the only two candidates for relegation heading into the final day of matches on Sunday.
May 20 - 4:43 PM

Sunderland rode a Costel Pantilimon clean sheet to a nil-nil draw that saw them inch slightly closer to safety and another season in the Premier League.

Sunderland have looked as good as dead at times this season but they have been coming up big down the stretch for the second straight season and look likely to have secured their safety again. Losses by Hull City and Newcastle mean that Sunderland need only one more point, or a loss from either of those other clubs in Week 38, to secure a spot in the top flight for another season. Costel Pantilimon was the hero as he kept a clean sheet and ensured that the Leicester City run of wins didn't make it to seven out of eight.
Source: espnfc.com
May 16 - 12:51 PM

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is facing a race against time to feature in his side’s crucial battle of the basement clash with Leicester after struggling to shake off injury.

O’Shea picked up head and rib injuries during the win over Southampton in GW35 and the defender - who had previously started every domestic game this season - was forced to miss his first match after a late fitness test ruled him out of the trip to Goodison Park. The Irish international is also considered a big doubt for the visit of Leicester this weekend having failed to train with his team-mates during the build-up to the match. However coach Dick Advocaat will take confidence from the performance of his central pairing at Everton - Wes Brown and Sebastian Coates – who were excellent during the Sunderland win.
May 14 - 2:13 AM

Sunderland grabbed three vital points today on the back of two deflected goals to move out of the relegation zone for now in a 0-2 win over Everton.

The Black Cats certainly crossed the path of the Toffees today. After an uneventful first half, things picked up quickly in the second. In the 53rd minute, Jordi Gomez took a shot from 25 yards out and it took a decisive touch off of Graham and went in, giving Graham his first goal for Sunderland. Then, just minutes after avoiding a possible sending off for tripping Seamus Coleman, Jermain Defoe stood in the path of an Adam Johnson shot and the ball redirected into goal. Sunderland will take it any way they can get it as they leapfrog their arch rivals Newcastle in the table for the time being.
Source: NBC Sports
May 9 - 9:41 AM

John O’Shea ended his record of being the only Premier League player to have participated in every single minute of every game this season after failing to recover from a couple of early knocks against Southampton.

O’Shea required treatment following a collision with Shane Long before a rib injury ended his afternoon on the half hour mark as Santiago Vergini partnered Sebastian Coates in the heart of defence. Having won 3-points at the Stadium of Light Sunderland have given themselves a real chance of survival with a game in hand and Dick Advocaat will be sweating on the availability of his skipper. Wes Brown [knee] is expected to join the main group early next week but after almost 2-months out the defender may not be ready for a start.
May 3 - 11:05 AM

Jordi Gomez scored twice - both times off of penalties - to help Sunderland beat Southampton 2-1.

Both of Sunderland's goals came from penalties as Southampton played an undisciplined game on the way to a loss. Jordi Gomez netted both of his spot kicks to please fantasy managers, but he is still not someone to use in non-deep leagues as he doesn't have a consistent output. The win sends Sunderland just one point below the relegation cutoff for what is shaping up to be a very interesting relegation race to finish off the season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 2 - 12:00 PM

Scottish international Steven Fletcher is hoping to return before the end of the season after aggravating an ankle injury in training.

Fletcher had surgery just over two years ago to remedy a niggling ligament complaint but the problem flared up again and the striker was forced to meet with a specialist in London to have the injury assessed. Dick Advocaat stopped short of ruling Fletcher out for the season but with a little over 3-weeks remaining he does face a race against time; in his absence the Black Cats are likely to opt for a 4-4-2 with Connor Wickham partnering Jermain Defoe. Sunderland face Southampton this weekend and will be hoping for some payback following their early season drubbing at St Marys' [8-nil] – Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension while Adam Johnson will also be included.
May 1 - 6:35 PM

Connor Wickham scored in the first minute but Sunderland were dominated for the rest of the match and dropped into the relegation zone after having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Their lone goal was more luck than it was skill or even endeavor and it showed for the final 89 minutes as Sunderland fell into the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at the Britannia. Wickham's goal was the direct result of an Asmir Begovic error and after that there weren't many chances for Dick Advocaat's men. Jermain Defoe had a credible chance but within two minutes of him missing out, Charlie Adam scored another stunner for the final 1-1 scoreline. Stoke City had most of the chances to find a winner but neither side could manage it in a match that was tense because of the implications for Sunderland.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:36 PM

Sunderland will be without Seb Larsson for the visit of Crystal Palace in Week 32.

Larsson begins a two-match ban after reaching 10 yellow cards for the season ahead of the mid-April cut-off. The good news for Dick Advacaat is that Jack Rodwell returns from a hamstring problem, but defender Wes Brown and midfielders Ricky Alvarez and Emanuele Giaccherini are all still sidelined de to injury.



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