Sunderland v Villa preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:54

Sunderland v Villa preview

The striker missed the FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom with a hip injury but boss Tim Sherwood confirmed he will travel to the Stadium of Light.
Ron Vlaar (calf) will be assessed and Kieran Richardson (calf) is a doubt while Aly Cissokho (groin) is a likely absentee and Philippe Senderos (calf), Joe Cole (hamstring), Nathan Baker (knee), Alan Hutton and Jack Grealish (both suspended) are out. Libor Kozak has returned to full training after more than a year out with a broken leg but is not yet match fit.
Sunderland are without the suspended Lee Cattermole at the Stadium of Light.
Cattermole picked up his 10th booking of the season in the recent draw at Hull and picked up an automatic two-match ban.
Adam Johnson remains suspended by the club and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Will Buckley (knee) are both definitely ruled out.

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