GUS POYET has confirmed that Sunderland are taking a close look at ex-France international Anthony Reveillere, with fellow right-back Billy Jones on the treatment table.
Jones suffered an injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Middlesbrough last week and has been ruled out of tomorrow’s trip to Southampton.
With on-loan Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates also on the sidelines, Poyet has just four first-team defenders available for the clash at St Mary’s.
That has prompted Sunderland to take free agent Reveillere on trial, with the 34-year-old - released by Serie A outfit Napoli at the end of last season - training at the Academy of Light this week.
Reveillere has impressed Poyet, with the head coach expecting to decide in the next few days whether Sunderland can agree a short-term deal for the former Lyon man.
Poyet said today: “He knows the role, he can go forwards.
“He was in Italy last year which is a different football.
“But he’s very experienced and knows the game.
“He reads the game well, is comfortable on the ball and knows plenty of things.
“It’s just a matter of seeing the physical side of England and seeing what he’s going to get.
“Everybody knows that we were maybe a player short in defence.
“We were coping with the situation the best we can.
“But we’re still short and we’re looking at options.
“As soon as the transfer window finished, we were always looking at options.
“Anthony has great experience and is a very good professional.
“The idea was to see if he knows what he’s going to get in England, if he can adapt and if he likes it.
“He’s training with us and he looks very good.
“It’s just a matter of seeing in the next few days if we can do something.”
Jones joins Coates, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ricky Alvarez on the treatment table, with Sunderland’s squad stretched for the first time during Poyet’s tenure.
“It’s the first time that I’ve found myself with a group of players that are not available,” said Poyet.
“In the past, it was maybe one or two.
“The good thing about the injuries, if there is something good, is that they are all different.
“It’s not a pattern to worry about.
“We need to make sure there is a bit of luck and make sure the squad responds to the absence of these players.
“It’s different timescales and they’re going to come back slowly.”
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