Future unclear for Sunderland captain Cattermole

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole’s future at the club is looking increasingly uncertain, according to Sky Sports, with manager Paolo Di Canio refusing to confirm that the combative midfielder would stay when answering questions at a press conference during the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

Cattermole did not make the trip to take part in the pre-season tournament as he recovers from knee injury sustained last season. Cabral, the Black Cats’ recent signing from Basel instead wore the No.6 shirt, which usually goes to Cattermole, in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

And when asked about Cattermole’s injury situation, Di Canio said: “He couldn’t come (to Hong Kong) because he was not fully fit, in the opinion of both myself and the fitness coach.” And on whether Cattermole has a future at Sunderland, he added: “We will see. It depends.

After beginning his career at Middlesbrough, 25-year-old Cattermole was signed by Sunderland for £6m from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2009. He has since gone on to make 88 appearances in all competitions.

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