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

the sidelines.

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.