Player News - Sunderland

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Sunderland had their hearts broken and their fate sealed when a late goal from AFC Bournemouth sent the Black Cats to a 0-1 loss and to the Championship next season.

Sunderland had made late-season surges to avoid relegation a trademark in recent seasons, but the squad simply lacked in too many areas to stave off a drop this time around, with another negative chapter of David Moyes' managerial career in the books. Both sides had several chances to find an opener in this one, but both keepers did well as the last line of defense. Jordan Pickford also managed to help the attack, delivering a couple of deep kicks that almost led to big chances. Pickford looks to have a bright career ahead of him but, like so many others on Wearside, one wonders if that career continues with the Black Cats beyond this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 12:00 PM

David Moyes was forced into four changes, from the side which narrowly lost out at the Riverside Stadium, for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday.

Moyes revealed on Friday afternoon that several key first-team players were struggling to recover in time for their must win game against the Cherries. Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell [both groin], Lee Cattermole [Achilles], Jason Denayer [dead leg] and Billy Jones were all unavailable for the Black Cats boss after picking up knocks in the Tees/Wear derby. "We played Wednesday night and it’s quite a quick turnaround. We’ve not had loads of them this season so we can’t complain about that but we’ve got four injuries," he said. In their absence, Moyes turned to Steven Pienaar, who makes his first Premier League of 2017, with out-of-favour centre-back Lamine Kone and full-back Donald Love returning to the side. Fabio Borini was also back to add some attacking threat - Sunderland have scored just twice in the last eight Premier League games.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

Sitting in 20th place, Sunderland looked doomed for relegation already, but a growing list of weekend doubts won't help its morale.

Manager David Moyes confirmed that midfielders Lee Cattermole and Darron Gibson and defender Jason Denayer, all starters last week, are doubts to face Bournemouth due to minor injuries. The club is already missing Jan Kirchhoff, Bryan Oviedo, Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore and will wait on the fitness of Jack Rodwell as well, while Sebastian Larsson serves the final game of his suspension. Said Moyes: We did [have a couple patched up for Middlesbrough] and we’ve got another couple ahead of tomorrow We will need to wait on them and it probably won’t be until tomorrow [Saturday] until we can make a decision."
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

Sunderland sit on the brink of relegation after Wednesday's 1-0 lose to Middlesbrough in the Tees-Wear derby.

Marten de Roon's early goal was too much for Sunderland to overcome at the Riverside Stadium despite the visitors controlling the attacking chances throughout the match. Didier N'Dong was denied by Brad Guzan 10 minutes from the break, with Billy Jones heading the rebound over the bar, while Wahbi Khazri's early second-half free-kick drew another stop from the Boro keeper. Their best chance of the match came late on when Jermian Defoe looked to be in one-one-one, but the striker was flagged offside. The result leaves the Black Cats 12 points adrift from safety with five matches remaining, meaning they must win out to have a chance at pulling off another remarkable relegation escape.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 6:51 PM

Sunderland was dealt quite the scare after Billy Jones was momentarily unresponsive after suffering a concussion on Saturday.

The right-back had to be taken off on a stretcher with his neck braced after a bad fall, which led to 10 minutes of extra time where Fabio Borini was able to strike the equalizer. "At first, from the dugout, we thought it might be his shoulder, but it was his head and it was concussion," said manager David Moyes. "I think he passed out briefly so he’s gone to hospital to be checked out. He was a bit dazed, and when they asked him a few questions he didn’t answer them quite right, they tell me. But we think he is OK." Jones has since been release from the hospital and is expected to be available for the club's next match, which comes in 10 days to put him clear of the FA's six-day concussion protocol.
Apr 16 - 12:11 PM

David Moyes confirms Billy Jones was taken to hospital as a precaution after he was stretchered off at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The full-back fell awkwardly while running with the ball, and following lengthy treatment, Jones was carried from the pitch and taken immediately for further tests. Fortunately, initial reports suggest his injury is not too serious and Jones could be available for the Tees/Wear derby in game week thirty-four: "The medical team tell me his head hit the ground and he lost consciousness, a bit of concussion," said Moyes following the 2-2 draw with West Ham. "We've sent him to hospital, but I'm sure he'll be OK." Football Association guidelines stipulate that a player cannot return to competitive action for at least six clear days, but assuming Jones is given the all-clear by a doctor to resume light activities, he will be ready to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium next weekend.
Source: Eurosport
Apr 15 - 3:19 PM

Even if it's a very steep, uphill battle, Sunderland earned a critical point in the relegation race in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Sunderland showed uncharacteristic resilience after falling behind twice, starting just five minutes into the match after Andre Ayew opened the scoring early. But in even bigger news, the Black Cats scored their first goal in eight Premier League matches, a streak that ran for 701 minutes before Wahbi Khazri's shocking tally in the 26th minute. The Tunisian international sent a corner into the box that bounced all the way to the far post untouched, hitting the base of the post before spilling into the goal. And then Fabio Borini made himself a hero in the 90th with his goal. Borini only came on as a late injury replacement for Billy Jones, who was stretchered off following a six minute delay that led to 10 minutes of stoppage time. But Borini was gifted a poor clearance by Darren Randolph and turned in the effort for a critical point that brings Sunderland to nine points back of 17th-place Hull City.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 12:17 PM

After two-and-a-half months on the training table, Victor Anichebe has returned just in time for Sunderland.

The former West Brom forward was a staple of David Moyes' plans early in the season before suffering a knee injury towards the end of January. Since, the scoring responsibility has been placed solely on Jermain Defoe; and it comes as no coincidence that as Defoe hasn't scored in the last seven games, neither has the Black Cats. But Anichebe will surely take some of the pressure off Defoe after receiving his first start since January this weekend against Manchester United. But Moyes said he will look to ease in Anichebe after such a lengthy layoff: "The big thing is to get Victor up and running to a level of fitness where he can help us and make a difference. We’re now in a position where we’re having to take as many risks as we can – do I think he can play 90 minutes, no – but I think he can play part of the game."
Apr 10 - 4:19 PM

The news just keeps getting worse for David Moyes and Sunderland during the club's seven-match winless streak.

Despite being boosted by the returns of Lee Cattermole and Victor Anichebe from long injury layoffs, Moyes confirmed that midfielders Steven Pienaar and Jan Kirchhoff will not be available for the remainder of the season due to injury. The midfield duo will join Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair as part of a core group of Black Cats ruled out for the season. Said Moyes: "There’s no more good news as far as players coming back from any injuries, and I think the other ones are now players who are probably out for the season."
Apr 10 - 4:14 PM

Sunderland need nothing short of a miracle to remain in the top-flight following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

Following United's opening goal on 30 minutes by Zlatan Ibrahimović, a difficult afternoon was made even more problematic after an injury to left-back Bryan Oviedo and the sending-off of Seb Larsson, both before the break. The January signing from Everton pulled up immediately following a clearance, signalling to the bench that his hamstring had gone. Although the Black Cats should have a better idea of its severity over the next 24-48 hours, an initial timeline of around three weeks has been placed on the defender. Fortunately, John O’Shea should return next weekend following the death of his father and David Moyes could revert to a back three with Jason Denayer and Lamine Kone. The Sunderland boss will also review video footage of Larsson’s tackle on Ander Herrera, which resulted in a red card, before deciding whether to appeal his dismissal.
Apr 9 - 2:51 PM

Sunderland continue to fester in the relegation zone as they gave Manchester United little to worry about in a 0-3 loss.

Sunderland have made it a bit of a trademark when it comes to late season surges that see them stave off relegation but looking at today's performance, the shape of the table and the games remaining, they are at least one foot into the Championship at this point. United were in control with possession and pressure in the final third, finally opening the scoring on the half hour mark. Just before the break, Seb Larsson saw a straight red for a high boot challenge on Ander Herrera and the blow of going down to ten men was felt immediately, with United scoring again moments later. Jermain Defoe was invisible in the first half and the couple of attempts he took in the second half offered little threat. Larsson will miss the next three games, barring an appeal, but there is little chance of that happening.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 9 - 10:34 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that he has made a decision about the future of winger Adnan Januzaj.

The comments came ahead of Manchester United's visit to Sunderland at the weekend, where the Belgian has been on-loan for the season. Since his breakthrough season at Old Trafford under his current manager David Moyes, the 22 year old has had a turbulent time. Last season, he spent the first half of the season in Germany on loan at Dortmund, but he failed to make an impact. Regardless of Mourinho's occulted statement, it is likely that Januzaj will leave United at the end of the season. United will want to cash-in before he can leave the club for free in January given that his contract expires in June 2018.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 7 - 3:38 PM

The only good news for Sunderland on Tuesday night came in the long-awaited return of Lee Cattermole.

The veteran midfielder has missed the last six months while recovering from hip surgery that has featured a series of setbacks. But Cattermole's return wasn't nearly enough to lift the Black Cats from their slumber, falling to Leicester City in a 2-0 defeat. The loss marks the club's fourth in the last five Premier League games. Jermain Defoe was able to shake off a knock, but Sunderland only managed their shots on goal. Jordan Pickford recorded six saves in another outstanding performance, but the Sunderland defense caved in after the hour mark, allowing two goals in the course of eight minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 4 - 4:48 PM

Sunderland's woes only continued in a 1-0 loss to Watford on Saturday, and things don't look to be getting any better.

The Black Cats stayed bottom, seven points behind Swansea City in 17th place with a game in hand, but time seems to be running out for David Moyes and company. The away side could only manage two real chances from Fabio Borini and Adnan Januzaj in the second half to test Heurelho Gomes while Jermain Defoe's barren 2017 continued as well. Jordan Pickford was the only bright spot for Sunderland as the young keeper made nine saves on the afternoon in his first real test since returning from injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 1 - 1:12 PM

Sunderland will have defender Lamine Kone back for the stretch run after sitting out due to a knee injury.

The central defender missed the club's last match against Burnley and took the international break to recover, returning to training last week. Said manager David Moyes: "Lamine [Kone] has trained this week and he was training again quite early, so it wasn’t anything too serious and the Burnley game just came a day or two too quickly." The manager also confirmed that defender John O'Shea will be available for the club after requiring stitches following the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Wales last week.
Mar 31 - 4:45 PM


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