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Sunderland have handed a trial to Zambian international defender Soppila Sunzu reports The Sun.
The 23-year-old is still under contract with Congolese club TP Mazembe but the side have granted him permission to spend some time with Martin O’Neill’s men.
A Zambian international with 37 caps, he was part of the side that won the 2012 African Cup of Nations and even scored the winning penalty against the Ivory Coast in an epic 8-7 shootout victory.
So far this season Sunderland have often looked defensively frail despite bringing Carlos Cuellar in from Aston Villa and it is hoped that the 6’3 centre back will be able to add some much needed steel and grit as the Black Cats struggle at the foot of the table.
Sunzu has already made an appearance in a training ground game for the Weirside club, but that was shortlived as he picked up a knock and was forced to go off before the end.
Manager Martin O’Neill remains confident that he will be able to make a decision on the player soon though; “That (the injury) will stop him training for a week at most. And then he’ll be going away to play during the international break so we’ll monitor him during that game.”