Sunderland v Man City preview
Sunderland are sweating on the involvement of Adam Johnson in a
Boxing Day clash with his former employers Manchester City.
The Black Cats’ summer signing from City hobbled out of the
action at Southampton on Saturday and Martin O’Neill is unsure as
to whether the winger will be ready for an immediate return to
Lee Cattermole (knee) and Wes Brown (knee ligaments) remain on
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (groin) could return on
Wednesday after being kept on the bench as a precaution last
Striker Mario Balotelli (illness) could also come back into
contention while left-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy will
hope to overcome niggles.
Forward Samir Nasri is out with a hamstring injury while
right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell
(hamstring) remain on the long-term casualty list.