Steed back in favour - and back in the Sunderland team

09 March 2010 07:20
STEED Malbranque returns from an enforced exile to take his place in the Sunderland starting line-up for this evening's Premier League home game with Bolton Wanderers.[LNB] Malbranque was axed from the squad for the recent goalless draw with Fulham after a breach of club discipline in a nightclub.[LNB] The Belgian's days as a Sunderland player had looked to be numbered, but with his options limited because of injury, Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has opted to restore him to the squad.[LNB] Malbranque replaces Kieran Richardson in the only change to the side that drew with the Cottagers nine days ago.[LNB] Lee Cattermole had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring injury, but the Stockton-born midfielder has been passed fit to partner Lorik Cana at the heart of midfield.[LNB] SUNDERLAND (4-4-2): Gordon; Hutton, Turner, Mensah, Ferdinand; Campbell, Cana, Cattermole, Malbranque; Jones, Bent.[LNB] Subs: Carson (gk), Bardsley, McCartney, Zenden, Da Silva, Kilgallon, Benjani.[LNB] BOLTON (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Wilshere, Muamba, Gardner; Elmander, Davies.[LNB] Subs: Al Habsi (gk), Samuel, Taylor, Riga, Klasnic, O'Brien, Weiss.[LNB]

Source: Northern_Echo