Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v S'land

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stadium of Light

Last Game

S'land 0 - 0 W Brom

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Second chance for Cattermole

Paolo Di Canio will offer a clean slate to Lee Cattermole at Sunderland, but Cabral faces an uncertain future.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 08:54 Post Comment

Lee Cattermole: Back in contention after initially being overlooked

Lee Cattermole: Back in contention after initially being overlooked

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Di Canio has overseen an extensive rebuilding project at the Stadium of Light, with the summer transfer window seeing 14 fresh faces drafted into the Black Cats' ranks.

Inevitably, an influx of new arrivals has forced some of those already on Sunderland's books down the pecking order.

Cattermole - who skippered the side under Martin O'Neill - fell into that category and looked set to be on his way out of the club at one stage, with Hull City, West Ham United and Cardiff City all reported to be keen.

The combative midfielder has, however, remained on Wearside and will be given an opportunity to force his way back into first team contention by Di Canio.

The Italian said: "I have to be honest, he wasn't in my plans. I told him, to have a future here he had to convince me.

"I need British players, I need the quality, the intensity. I need the fire. He's full of enthusiasm and it's a new start for him."

While Cattermole is back in Di Canio's thoughts, Cabral - who joined Sunderland as a free agent over the summer - finds himself out of favour after just one competitive appearance.

Di Canio said of the 24-year-old midfielder: "At the moment he's behind three other players who have got ahead of him. It's very difficult for him.

"Maybe one day, if he can show me that he understands football, then yes he will play again.

"Otherwise, in the middle, especially against top sides, we will get beaten. At this moment, Cabral has got difficulties."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

cant help but feel he has his face on inside out. I'm not a violent man but I don't think I would ever tire of punching it.

dryice
Chelsea reject blames fee

E

verytime I go into KFC I boooooooooooo Norman. Judas. It was the lure of the fresh hand wipes apparently.

cheshire-gooner
Cole explains Arsenal 'snub'

Y

ou probably find he was physically ill when he found out they werent paying him to come to the celebrations.

sodoff
Cole explains Arsenal 'snub'

Footer 365

Liverpool lose to Besiktas 5-4 on penalties after Turkish side win round-of-32 second leg 1-0

Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League as Dejan Lovren missed the decisive penalty in a 5-4 shoot-out defeat by Besiktas.

Oldham 'would welcome Scholes'

Stand-in boss Dean Holden insists he would not be surprised if Oldham managed to lure Paul Scholes into management.

Chelsea announce huge shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber

Chelsea have announced a new shirt sponsorship with Yokohama Rubber, reportedly worth £40m-a- year.

Mail Box

Greatest Spaniards And Arsenal Laughs

There's more debate on the greatest Spaniards in the afternoon mailbox, plus plenty more reaction to Arsenal's Champions League defeat.

Arsenal Mess It Up, As Inevitable As Ever

Unsurprisingly, there's a great deal of fall out after Arsenal's latest shambles against Monaco. Plus how Football365 went too early with the phrase 'peak Arsenal'...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company