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Player News - Sunderland

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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.

A glorious first half stoppage time goal by Jermain Defoe was all Sunderland needed to grab three points in the Tyne-Wear derby, as Dick Advocaat picked up his first win as manager in the 1-0 final.

What a weekend for the bottom of the table as Sunderland, Leicester and QPR all picked up wins and made things very interesting indeed as we enter the final weeks. And what a weekend for fantastic goals as Defoe adds his name to a long list of memorable strikes. He struck a curving, dipping volley with absolute precision from just outside the box and all Tim Krul could do was grab at air. The Black Cats were the better side throughout as Defoe and Connor Wickham were on the ball and creating chances regularly. Luckily for them, they were up against a Magpie side that simply aren't a goal threat without Papiss Cisse. Sunderland will look to build off the long-awaited win and try to stay above the relegation zone as the season wears down.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 1:07 PM

Despite Sunderland's struggles Patrick van Aanholt is still returning solid fantasy points in the Yahoo format.

Van Aanholt may be playing for a struggling team but he's doing his best to keep fantasy managers happy. Returns of 5, 7, 8 and 11 points over the past few game-weeks suggest a return to form, with attacking contributions making up for the lack of clean sheets achieved by the Black Cats. The defender lost his place in the starting XI towards the end of Gus Poyet's reign but should be certain of regular start under fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat and is a genuine option in the Yahoo format if you have some spare cash in the bank.
Mar 25 - 11:06 AM

The Black Cats played better under Dick Advocaat but still lost as West Ham scored a late winner.

Sunderland currently sit just above the relegation zone and the arrival of a new manager wasn't enough to change their fortunes. Patrick Van Aanholt did his best to put the Black Cats on the board but Adrian parried his long range drive that represented Sunderland's best chance on the day.
Mar 21 - 3:33 PM

With legal issues swirling around him, Adam Johnson is technically available for Week 30 but whether he will figure is entirely unclear.

Adam Johnson has returned to training and seen his club-initiated suspension lifted but there has been no word whether he will figure in the match-day squad. If you have to make any decisions for this weekend it is best to assume that Johnson will not play.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 20 - 3:09 PM

John O'Shea and Seb Larsson may miss Dick Advocaat's debut as Sunderland manager with a knock and ankle injury respectively.

While neither player has a serious injury, both are doubtful to participate in the Black Cats' Week 30 trip to Upton Park. After being mauled by Aston Villa last weekend and auditioning for a new manager, Sunderland players should be motivated to push past injuries and put on a good performance. If you have to make a guess, guess that both players will be at least available for the bench.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 20 - 3:06 PM

Steven Fletcher hadn't figured much since Jermain Defoe's arrival but he started against Aston Villa and scored well in fantasy despite the ugly 4-0 loss. He left the match late with a thigh problem.

It's bad news when your forward has a double digit fantasy point match that doesn't include so much as a shot on target. The depth of Sunderland's woes were such on Saturday that Fletcher managed four tackles won and three passes intercepted on the way to a ten-point day (Yahoo system). Sort of explains the loss, doesn't it?
Source: yahoo.com
Mar 18 - 1:00 PM

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season.

Advocaat was the bookies favourite and it has taken less than 24 hours for their prediction to come true. The former Holland boss takes over with Sunderland just one point above the Premier League relegation zone and he will be looking to make an instant impact on the squad ahead of this weekend's clash with West Ham. Gus Poyet's sacking on Monday came after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa proving the final nail in the coffin.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 17 - 5:51 AM

Gus Poyet has been relieved of his duties at Sunderland after 18 months in charge following Saturdays’ embarrassing 4-nil home loss to Aston Villa while matters on the pitch were made worse as the Black Cats also added another three players to their treatment room.

One of Poyet's last competitive decisions was to replace injured striker Steven Fletcher who had picked up a thigh problem late in the game, his second substitution of the match after Ricky Alvarez was unable to reappear after the interval due to an ongoing knee injury flaring up. Poyet admitted that ideally he wanted his starting eleven to suffer the indignity of the defeat sparing the rest of the squad which maybe helps to explain why Seb Larsson played 90 minutes despite receiving stitches in an ankle injury at half-time. Sunderland announced on Monday that Poyet had been sacked having only won 14 Premier League matches since taking over back in October 2013.
Mar 16 - 1:37 PM

Sunderland have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

Poyet's sacking comes after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Sunderland just one point above the relegation zone after Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. "Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season," said chairman Ellis Short. "We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed." The Black Cats will have to move quickly to give any new manager enough time to have an impact and so an appointment is expected this week. Dick Advocaat, Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup, Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are the early favourites.
Mar 16 - 10:44 AM

Jermain Defoe has failed to score in his past four Premier League games as Sunderland continue to struggle.

It had all started so well for Defoe on his return to the Premier League, scoring two goals in his first three matches as Sunderland finally start putting points on the board, but it's been all downhill since with two draws, two defeats and one goal scored by the entire team. Since Week 24 the ex-England man has hit just three shots on target, failing to score and returning just 16 fantasy points at an average of four points per game. The issue is the Black Cats simply aren't creating enough chances for the striker (or anyone) and it would take a brave fantasy manager to pick Defoe at this point in time, despite a home match against Aston Villa coming up in Week 29.
Mar 10 - 7:47 AM

Lee Cattermole will serve a two match suspension for picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Hull.

Cattermole was booked on the hour mark of Tuesday's match for petulantly kicking out at Hull's David Meyler - earning the Sunderland midfielder a 10th yellow card of the season and a subsequent two-match ban. The booking pushes Cattermole up to a career record of 75 yellow cards and 7 red cards, so it's safe to say he's not a player you should ever consider for your fantasy side.
Mar 4 - 6:52 AM

Jack Rodwell was in the middle of just about everything as Sunderland came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Rodwell got his manager sent to the stands when he took a dive in the first half. Guy Poyet got into it with Steve Bruce on the sidelines and the officials saw fit to sent the embattled manager to the stands for the balance of the game. Rodwell redeemed himself in the second half as he headed home a Patrick van Aanholt cross for the final 1-1 score. Even Rodwell's goal wasn't without controversy as there was a hint of it hitting him on the arm after it came off his head.
Mar 3 - 4:45 PM

Sunderland have both Wes Brown and John O'Shea available for the vital Week 28 clash at Hull, but are struggling with other absences.

Sunderland quite rightly won their appeal against the sending-off of Brown although his availability won’t guarantee any game time – the defender struggles to play consecutive games in quick succession. O’Shea will not face any retrospective action and he could partner Santiago Vergini or Seb Coates in the heart of defence if Gus Poyet decides the risk with Brown is too great. Will Buckley [knee] and Emanuele Giaccherini [ankle] are the only injury absentees but Adam Johnson has been suspended pending a further enquiry into his alleged relations with an underage girl. Billy Jones, Jack Rodwell and Ricky Alvarez are back in contention.

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Durham Police said in a statement: "A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16. He remains in police custody and is helping officers with their enquiries." Sunderland have since announced Johnson has been suspended by the club pending the outcome of the police investigation. You should avoid selecting the player for your fantasy team for the foreseeable future.
Source: BBC News
Mar 2 - 12:44 PM


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