Player News - Sunderland

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Sunderland manager David Moyes confirmed that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will not be available for the weekend.

The 22-year-old keeper was originally expected to miss two months after suffering a knee injury on Boxing Day against Manchester United. But while Pickford returned to full training this week and was given the go ahead by the medical staff, Moyes said he will wait another week before bringing the keeper back into the team: "Jordan's back but the medical team would really like him to complete the time that the surgeon set for his recovery. He's training well and I find it hard to understand because he's diving around and he's jumping about, but his time will probably be after this weekend.As such, Jordan won't be involved but what I will say is that he's very close to being ready."
Feb 10 - 7:33 PM

Sunderland have been boosted by the return of Jordan Pickford who re-joined his teammates in full training at the Academy of Light this week.

The Black Cats goalkeeper has been in sensational form this season, grabbing his opportunity after first choice stopper Vito Mannone had surgery following a training ground elbow injury. However, Pickford strained knee ligaments at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and has spent the last month-and-a-half recovering, fortunately his injury coincided with the return of Mannone who was restored to number one spot. But, after being given the green light to step up his rehab, Pickford is hoping to force his way into the reckoning, although David Moyes will not take any chances with the 22-year-old. Sunderland have kept consecutive clean sheets against Tottenham and Crystal Palace which includes a 4-0 win at Selhurst Park. Elsewhere, supporters are still waiting for an official update on John O’Shea, Jack Rodwell and Adnan Januzaj who picked up injuries last weekend.
Source: The Star
Feb 8 - 5:43 AM

Sunderland left Selhurst Park with three-points following an emphatic win over Palace but the victory was marred following the loss of yet more players to injury.

The Black Cats cruised to a 4-0 half-time lead, with three goals in a two-minute spell before the break to pile pressure on their former boss Sam Allardyce. Palace sit second bottom [goal difference], and on current form the Eagles look to be a shoo-in for the drop. However, the key to Sunderland’s survival will rely on them being able to keep their players out of the treatment room and on the pitch. Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair have already been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign while Victor Anichebe, Lee Cattermole and Jan Kirchhoff will spend the first few months of 2017 on the sidelines. Thankfully, Jordan Pickford is edging closer to a return but the sight of John O’Shea and Jack Rodwell [both hamstring] limping off will be a concern while Adnan Januzaj was unable to shake off a hip injury. All three players will be assessed.
Feb 4 - 3:57 PM

Sunderland rode a wave of four first-half goals to an easy 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Sunderland was boosted by the return of Lamine Kone and DIdier Ndong from the African Cup of Nations, as both players scored their first Premier League goal of the season. Kone kicked things off in the 10th minute after Wayne Hennessey bobbled a shot in front of goal. When it looked like Sunderland would enter half-time with a 1-0 lead, the Black Cats scored scored three goals from the 43rd minute on. That included two stoppage time goals from Jermain Defoe, his 13th and 14th of the season. Now, Sunderland sits level with Crystal Palace at the bottom of the table on 19 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 12:29 PM

Sunderland is starting to make a habit of spoiling any thoughts of an easy three points against the big clubs.

At the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night, the Black Cats held strong against the Premier League's second-place side, taking a point in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham to take them off the bottom of the table. Sunderland welcomed back defender Lamine Kone and midfielder Didier Ndong, who returned from the African Cup of Nations, while goalkeeper Vito Mannone made three critical saves to help the club to a clean sheet despite holding only 27 percent possession and managing only one shot on target. Sunderland couldn't break its five-game winless streak in the Premier League, but its last two points have come against Spurs and Liverpool in what is surely a promising sign to manager David Moyes.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 5:08 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes continues to bring familiar faces to the club with moves for Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo.

The former Everton manager has already brought in former Everton defender Joleon Lescott to go with Everton alumni Jack Rodwell and Steven Pienaar, but Moyes moved for Oviedo and Gibson on Monday in a £7.5 million double deal after selling Patrick van Aanholt to Crystal Palace. Oviedo signs on a three-year contract while Gibson will join until the end of next season. Said Moyes: "Bryan is a very good player and he’ll help us get forward," said Moyes. "He’s quick and overall he’s a decent left-back...We’ve got Darron on an 18-month contract and I think he’s a very good footballer; he’ll add a bit of quality with his passing and his play and I’d love him to add goals."
Jan 31 - 10:07 AM

An already injury-plagued Sunderland will have to go without defender Papy Djilobdoji for the next four Premier League matches.

The Senegalese defender will serve a four-match ban after his appeal of a violent conduct charged failed after an independent commission ruled Djlobodji struck West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher in the face in Saturday's 2-0 loss. Since it is his second dismissal of the season, Djilobodji will serve a four-match ban instead of three, meaning he will league fixtures against Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Everton. Luckily for David Moyes and company, Lamine Kone is due back at the club after the Ivory Coast was eliminated from the African Cup of Nations.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 27 - 12:07 PM

Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji will be allowed to plead his case over an FA charge before an independent commission.

The FA charged the Senegalese defender with violent conduct after video footage showed Djilobodji striking West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher in the face in Saturday's 2-0 loss, an incident that the match official did not see. But with Sunderland low on defensive cover, Djilobodji will fight the charge, which could now incur a four-match ban if he's found guilty.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 5:55 PM

Sunderland fans expressed concern, to say the least, on social media following the club's first signing in Joleon Lescott.

Signing a 34-year-old veteran defender who hasn't played since November didn't seem to invigorate the Sunderland faithful, who look set to lose star full-back Patrick van Aanholt in a £12 million move to Crystal Palace, if reports are to be trusted. Lescott was released by AEK Athens in November after spending last season with Aston Villa in the Premier League. But manager David Moyes decided to reunited with Lescott, who he coached at Everton for four seasons, after watching the defender to train with the team over the last week.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 24 - 7:18 PM

If it wasn't for bad luck, then David Moyes would have none following the news that another player has been added to an ever-growing injury list and an overcrowded treatment room.

Victor Anichebe will not feature again until April after tests confirm the Black Cats attacker suffered significant damage to his medial knee ligament at West Brom. The 28-year-old was injured in a block tackle just minutes after his introduction on Saturday, although Anichebe was able to see out the remainder of the game. The big attacker has endured an injury plagued career, and this latest setback is his sixth since arriving on Wearside as a free agent in the summer. Sunderland could have up-to 13 players missing for their next Premier League match, against Tottenham, and with limited funds, and only seven days of the transfer window remaining, the top flights bottom side will struggle to escape the relegation dog fight.
Jan 24 - 3:35 PM

Sunderland face the prospect of losing Papy Djilobodji for the games against Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Everton after he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.

Referee Craig Pawson missed the incident at the Hawthorns, but video replays show Djilobodji raising his hands to West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher in the 86th minute which has resulted in the player being charged retrospectively. In a statement released by the FA, they said: ‘Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite officials. Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.’ Djilobodji has until 6pm GMT on Tuesday to reply to the charge but David Moyes is likely to be without his centre-back for the next four matches as he has already been sent off this season. The Black Cats could face Tottenham in game week 23 with up-to 13 players missing from their squad.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 23 - 12:16 PM

Sunderland continue to sink after a 2-0 loss to West Brom along with a shocking Swansea win at Anfield.

With the financial situation apparently dire at the Stadium of Light this might just be the season the Black Cats can't escape the drop. Once Tony Pulis' side scored it felt almost preordained that Sunderland were going to lose. With Hull City and Swansea both showing signs of life and making new signings it could be an ugly second half of the season for Moyes and the Black Cats.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 21 - 2:17 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes seemed thrilled to announce that Jack Rodwell is in contention for the weekend.

Rodwell was expected to miss a few weeks after suffering a medial ligament injury to his knee last weekend, but scans revealed no such damage. Meanwhile, Moyes said forward Victor Anichebe and winger Steven Pienaar are also close to a return and could face West Brom this weekend: "Victor, Steven and Jack did a little bit of running yesterday so we'll have to assess them this morning, but I'm hopeful we can get at least one back. At the time we thought Jack had damaged his medial ligament but he had a scan and there was nothing there, so he should be okay."
Jan 20 - 5:15 PM

Jack Rodwell is the latest addition to the Sunderland treatment room after David Moyes confirmed the midfielder injured his medial knee ligament during Saturdays disappointing home defeat to Stoke.

Prior to the matches in game week 21, no team had suffered more individual injuries than Sunderland during 2016/17 who have amassed an almighty 46 since the opening weekend which translates to over 1000 days lost. To help quantify that, in a little over 5 months’ player absence totals nearly three years and this latest setback will only serve to compound matters even more. Moyes provided an update after last night’s FA Cup replay defeat at Burnley: "Jack had a medial ligament injury and was scanned on Tuesday. The scan has not really come up with anything, so I’m hoping it shouldn’t keep Jack out for too long." However, there was better news regarding Victor Anichebe [hamstring] and Steven Pienaar [calf] who are both hoping to rejoin the main group in training this week after stepping up their respective recoveries from injury.
Jan 18 - 6:47 AM

Sunderland manager David Moyes could have goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back from injury earlier than initially thought.

The young goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in a Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United and he was expected to miss around two months. But Moyes confirmed Pickford is pushing for an early return in less than a month, two weeks earlier than the original timetable: "Jordan will hopefully be back sooner than we originally thought, but obviously we have to go by what the doctors and the surgeons say as well. He didn’t have surgery which is good and he’s been saying to me he feels good, so hopefully it’ll maybe be another three to four weeks."
Jan 15 - 3:00 PM



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