Sunderland have made U-turn on their decision to suspend winger Adam Johnson, following the England international’s extended bail imposed by the police, reports BBC Sport.
Johnson was arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage girl, and was subsequently questioned at the police station in early March. Sunderland suspended the winger upon the news, but have since taken back the decision, as Johnson’s bail has been extended into April.
The moves comes after Dick Advocaat was appointed new Black Cats manager, with the Dutch coach likely to utlise Johnson for as long as legally possible, given his creative abilities. Advocaat is only in charge until the end of the season initially, and his remit is to keep the North-East club in the Premier League for another campaign.
Adam Johnson is a player who can be a game-changer when in-form, but inconsistency has blighted his career since his time went stale with former club Manchester City. The ex-Middlesbrough man made the move to Sunderland to resurrect his career, but it’s hasn’t quite gone to plan. AS for recent allegations, no further movement on the matter will be made until April, so he’ll be free to train and play with his teammates.
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