Player News - Sunderland

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Sunderland defender Lamine Kone will not risk his knee injury for Ivory Coast during the upcoming international break.

Manager David Moyes pulled Kone from the weekend squad to face Burnley after picking up a minor knee injury in training. While Moyes said he doesn't expect the central defender to miss too much time, he won't be available for the Ivory Coast this week: "We had it scanned and there’s nothing there, it [Kone’s recovery time] is more like days or a week. But obviously he was a big miss today because we knew what we were going to face up front, and we needed his power and we needed his pace. It was certainly a big disadvantage to us, losing him. But I would hope to have him back in a matter of days, or maybe a week."
Mar 20 - 2:21 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes said he hopes to have forward Victor Anichebe available for the final month of the season.

The former West Brom striker has missed the last two months after sustaining ligament damage to his knee at the end of January and is currently working with a specialist with the hope of returning next month. The Black Cats can desperately use Anichebe after going goalless in the last four Premier League matches. "We’ve sent Victor to work with a specialist in America and he should be back shortly," Moyes said. "...He’s running and he’s back on it so we felt that sending him to someone who can work one-on-one with him constantly [was the best option], and it looks like it’s working. My aim was to get him back for as much of April as I can, and I can’t guarantee that at the moment but we’re doing everything we can."
Mar 20 - 2:10 PM

Sunderland was dealt more bad news in its race to avoid relegation with Jan Kirchhoff set to miss six weeks.

Right when the former Bayern Munich midfielder looked like he was ready to return from a three-month injury absence, he suffered a setback in a reserves match that will keep him out for at least a month-and-a-half and possibly the rest of the season. Said manager David Moyes: "It looks like it’s going to keep him out for a minimum of six weeks. He came back and played for the reserves against Manchester United two weeks ago, but his knee swelled up immediately after and he only trained for a couple of days before pulling out. Since then he’s been back to see the surgeon and I don’t think there’s any damage, I just think it’s going to take longer than we’d first hoped for it to heal"
Mar 20 - 2:05 PM

Sunderland had to look at a home game against Burnley as a chance to earn three much-needed points, but the Black Cats failed to find the finishing touch and played to a 0-0 draw.

There was absolutely nothing to speak of for Sunderland in terms of attack in the first half of this one, they barely found themselves in Burnley's final third. With the game still goalless at the break, Sunderland were able to put together a flurry of activity early in the second half, but they failed to convert their chances. The most frustrating opportunity squandered came when Seb Larsson lobbed a pinpoint cross to a wide open Billy Jones at the back post but Jones somehow missed a wide open target. Entering the final ten weeks of the season, the Cats may have dropped two crucial points today, but they have chiseled out a reputation for magical end-of-season runs to survive the drop.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 1:05 PM

England manager Gareth Southgate has given a recall to Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe ahead of the international break.

And deservedly so, the 34-year-old has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season for the Black Cats. Due to injuries to Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, Defoe will look to make his first appearance for the Three Lions in four years with a friendly against Germany scheduled for Wednesday before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. Defoe will be joined up top by Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford, while James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond earned their first senior call-up.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 16 - 5:44 PM

Sunderland put together a valiant effort against Manchester City in a 2-0 loss at the Stadium of Light on Sunday evening.

However, valiant efforts won't bring the club closer to leaving the bottom of the table with the Black Cats stuck on 19 points. With Crystal Palace's win against West Brom on Saturday, Sunderland now sits six points back of leaving the bottom three. It was another struggle offensively for David Moyes' men, who have now gone four of the last five Premier League matches without a goal. Jermain Defoe came closest in the first half with a shot that caromed off the post, which nearly gave Sunderland an early home lead. Jordan Pickford made five saves on the day to keep Sunderland in the match, but the Black Cats were undone by a quick Man City counter-attack, giving up goals on the break to Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 5 - 1:11 PM

Sunderland remains bottom of the Premier League after yet another goalless outing in a 2-0 loss to Everton.

With the lone exception of a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 24, the Black Cats have struggled mightily to put the ball into the back of the net. The club has been shut out in four of its last five Premier League games and only managed one shot on target against Everton on Saturday. Jermain Defoe came closest for Sunderland in the 77th minute, when he rifled a shot that beat Everton keeper Joel Robles but struck the crossbar, coming centimeters away from tying the game. Minutes later, Romelu Lukaku ended Sunderland's hopes with a punishing blow on a breakaway. The only good news comes from seeing Jordan Pickford in goal after missing the last two months. The young keeper made six saves in his first match of 2017, which saw Vito Mannone return to the bench.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:24 PM

Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has returned to training, but will not be available to face Everton this weekend.

The former Bayern Munich defender has returned a month ahead of schedule from knee surgery on his meniscus, but manager David Moyes said he didn't want to risk Kirchhoff this weekend despite him returning to training. Meanwhile, Steven Pienaar could also miss out due to a muscle injury: "Jan Kirchhoff has been training this week but he’s not quite ready to play. He needs more training because as we know he’s been out for the best part of eight to ten weeks, so we’ll give him another week in training and see how he is. Steven Pienaar has a little bit of problem with his calf, but apart from that we’re okay."
Feb 24 - 6:06 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes confirmed that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is available to face Everton this weekend.

The young goalkeeper has missed the last two months after suffering a knee injury on Boxing Day against Manchester United. But Pickford took the FA Cup break to recover fully, playing for the U23s last week, and now has a chance to retake his starting position from Vito Mannone on Saturday. Said Moyes: "I have a choice to make over the goalkeepers because Jordan Pickford is now back in training. I’m very fortunate to have two very good 'keepers and it’s the sort of decision you want to have. We have to see if Jordan’s ready because he’s been out for a while, but he’s training and he looks fine."
Feb 24 - 6:03 PM

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


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