Lee Cattermole Faces Uncertain Sunderland Future

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Combative midfielder unsure if he’s still wanted.

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Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is unsure as to whether he still has a future at the Stadium of Light after Paolo Di Canio has yet to confirm if he still wants him at the club, Sky Sports reports.

The tough tackling 25-year-old had previously been the club captain under both Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill but has missed out on the club’s pre season tour of Asia as he recovers from a knee injury.

New recruit Cabral wore Cattermole’s No 6 shirt in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Tottenham and Di Canio was non committal when asked if would remain at the club beyond the summer.

“He couldn’t come (to Hong Kong) because he was not fully fit, in the opinion of both myself and the fitness coach,” said the Italian.

“He is training with the reserves and then when we get back to Sunderland, he will be ready.”

When asked if the former England under-21 international still had a future at the club all Di Canio would offer was; “We will see. It depends.”

However, Di Canio was able to offer some positive news of the progress of striker Steven Fletcher as he recovers from an ankle operation he had back in March.

“He is improving, he has improved a lot,” said Di Canio.

“We can’t say how much longer it will take, but there is a big improvement and we know all about the problem.

“We are very happy with his progress and we are waiting for him.”

The Scottish international was the club’s top scorer last season with 11 goals despite missing the final few weeks through injury.

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