Sunderland confirm Portugal trip for pre-season

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SUNDERLAND have confirmed their pre-season trip this summer will be to Portugal.

Gus Poyet and the Black Cats squad will be booked into a training complex on the Algarve between July 28 and August 3 for warm weather training and team bonding.

The club is scheduled to play three games while they are out there but the dates, times and opponents have yet to be rubber-stamped.

Those three games will allow Poyet’s players to build on two friendly games already announced, which will take place before they jet off the Mediterranean Sea.

Sunderland will take on Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Tuesday, July 22 (kick-off 7.30pm) and the following night will face Hartlepool United, Wednesday, July 23 at Victoria Park (kick-off 7.30pm)