Sunderland defender Kilgallon joins Doncaster

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OUT-OF-favour Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon has joined Doncaster Rovers until the end of the season, writes CHRIS YOUNG.

Kilgallon has failed to make a single appearance under Steve Bruce this season after arriving at the Stadium of Light from Sheffield United 12 months ago.

The 27-year-old was sent on loan to Middlesbrough earlier in the season but made just three appearances before sustaining a back injury which brought his spell to a premature end.

But the former England Under-21 international remains highly-rated in the Championship after his time both at Leeds and at Bramall Lane and Doncaster have moved to boost their defensive options.

Kilgallon has made just seven appearances in a Sunderland shirt and Bruce wouldn’t be averse to seeing the player leave the club on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, fellow central defender Paulo Da Silva could also be on his way out of Sunderland with the player’s agent, Oscar Sosa, claiming the Paraguayan is set to join Spanish club Real Zaragoza.

Da Silva turned down a £1.5million move to Mexican outfit Cruz Azul earlier this month, insisting he wanted to stay at the Stadium of Light.

But Black Cats boss Bruce remains prepared to offload the 30-year-old, whose cause was not helped by a poor display in Sunderland’s FA Cup humiliation to Notts County last weekend.

And Sosa believes Da Silva’s time at the Stadium of Light is limited, with a move to Zaragoza imminent.

He said: “We are very near to closing the deal. I’ve been talking to the bosses at Sunderland and the agreement between the clubs is practically finished and the final forms are being completed.”

Da Silva’s outing against Notts County was his first appearance in a Sunderland shirt since September despite Bruce’s defensive injury problems which have seen John Mensah, Titus Bramble and Michael Turner all sidelined for significant periods.

The defender impressed in leading Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in the summer.

But Bruce believes Da Silva struggles with the physical demands of the Premier League after moving to Wearside on a free transfer 18 months ago.