Reveillere could be handed Arsenal debut after signing Sunderland deal

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NEW SIGNING Anthony Reveillere will be involved in the Sunderland squad for this weekend’s visit of Arsenal.

Right-back Reveillere has penned a short-term deal until the end of the season with Sunderland after impressing Gus Poyet on the training field since joining the Black Cats on trial last week.

With Billy Jones and Sebastian Coates both on the treatment table, Sunderland boss Poyet had just four defenders available, prompting him to look at the Bosman market.

Sunderland are still waiting on Reveillere’s international clearance to come through from the Italian FA - after spending last season with Serie A outfit Napoli.

But presuming the 34-year-old is given the go-ahead, Poyet has confirmed he will be involved in some capacity against the Gunners on Saturday.

Poyet said today: “We are waiting for international clearance, we’re checking everything.

“As you know when you get a player who has been out for three or four months, you need to see how he is feeling.

“Not physically in terms of anything special, just if he is still a football player. Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain yourself at that age.

“But he’s done it. We did a fitness test and he was close to the best at the club.

“It’s just a matter of training football and playing football.

“You never know when the international clearance is coming through and then decide if he’s involved or not.

“He’s going to be in the squad for sure, because we are short on defenders. That’s no secret. It’s not something we can even lose time making a decision about.

“Now whether he starts, or doesn’t start is a different matter.”

Ex-Lyon and Rennes defender Reveillere made more than 300 appearances in the French league before joining Napoli on a one-year deal in the summer of 2013 - helping the Serie A outfit win the Coppa Italia.

He was released by Napoli at the end of the season, with Poyet forced to look towards the Bosman market after seeing his squad depleted.