Sunderland AFC news: Major fitness boost, Allardyce reveals selection dilemma, West Brom duo to miss game

Sunderland defender John O'Shea
Sunderland defender John O'Shea
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Sunderland host West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light tomorrow looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat earlier in the season.

That game at the Hawthorns was Sam Allardyce's first in charge of the Black Cats following Dick Advocaat's resignation back in October.

And ahead of the game, Sunderland have been handed a major boost with defender Lamine Kone declaring himself fit.

Kone told the Echo: "I had a bit of a problem with my calf in the game against Newcastle, and we didn’t really want to take the risk by going away on international duty,” said Kone.

"It was better to stay here, so I could make sure I was fit.

"Hopefully, I will be in the squad for West Brom without any problems."

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Allardyce, meanwhile, has a selection headache at the back with Younes Kaboul and John O'Shea both battling to partner Kone in central defence.

"It’s still tough on the basis that John O’Shea is the captain of the team and has so much experience," said Allardyce.

"Younes came on against Crystal Palace because John had an injury, and then he played.

"He trained yesterday so he’s fit for tomorrow, and it’s a tough one for me."
Meanwhile, the Birmingham Mail report it is not clear whether Stephane Sessegnon will be available to face his former side, with Pulis yet to meet up with the winger following his African Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Sudan, in which the Albion man scored three goals.

The Baggies will be without Callum McManaman while former Middlesborough midfielder James Morrison will also miss the match.

Striker Salomon Rondon is available though.

Pulis added: "Callum is back, but needs a another couple of weeks before he’s sharp enough to play.

"It’s nice to have him back.

"Apart from James Morrison everyone is fit.

"Salomon played and got booked so luckily for us missed the next game so Salomon was back in on Tuesday.

"He’s done fantastic to get across from the other side of the world."

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