Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Lee Cattermole will remain in possession of the captain's armband despite his disciplinary problems this season.
Cattermole will return from his latest suspension against Liverpool on Saturday.
The 22-year-old combative midfielder has picked up two red cards in just four appearances this season.
But despite a turbulent start to his captaincy, Bruce has no plans to replace Cattermole as his on-pitch leader.
"I made a decision at the start of the season - and a conscious one - that he is the captain and I am going to stand by him," said Bruce.
"I was convinced it was the right thing to do when I gave him it, and after what has happened to him, I am still convinced that in the long term, Sunderland will benefit from Lee Cattermole being the captain of the club."
However, Bruce has told the former Wigan Athletic youngster that he must learn from his troubled start to the new campaign.
He added: "There is this reputation that he has, unfortunately, and he has got to rid himself of it.
"The only way he can do that is by playing games regularly, staying on the pitch, keeping his nose clean and getting on with the game, which is the most important thing."