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Bardsley Misses Hong Kong Trip!
Di Canio's summer signings have all been included in the Black Cats squad for next week's Barclay's Asia Trophy tournament, in Hong Kong.
But there is no place in the party for out-of-favour Phil Bardsley or recovering duo Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole.
Bardsley has played no part in Sunderland’s pre-season preparations after earning Paolo Di Canio’s wrath at the end of last season for a late-night trip to a casino.
Fletcher and Cattermole, meanwhile, continue to make their way back from ankle and knee injuries respectively.
But all seven of Sunderland’s first-team signings will fly out to the Far East - Vito Mannone, Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge, El-Hadji Ba, Cabral, David Moberg Karlsson and Jozy Altidore.
Sunderland face Spurs in the tournament’s first game on Wednesday, July 24, before tackling Manchester City or South China FC three days later.
SUNDERLAND SQUAD: Mannone, Pickford, Westwood, Brown, Cuellar, Diakite, Roberge, O’Shea, Ba, Cabral, Colback, Gardner, Johnson, Larsson, McClean, Moberg Karlsson, N’Diaye, Vaughan, Altidore, Graham, Ji, Mandron, Sessegnon, Wickham.
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