Bardsley and Bridcutt to miss Manchester City vs Sunderland

Phil Bardsley.
Phil Bardsley.
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SUNDERLAND full-back Phil Bardsley will miss Wednesday night’s Barclays Premier League trip to Manchester City through suspension.

The defender collected his 10th booking of the season during Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Everton and will sit out the next two games as a result.

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt will also be absent at the Etihad Stadium because of a personal issue, while striker Steve Fletcher (ankle) is unlikely to play again this season and keeper Keiren Westwood continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

Provisional squad: Mannone, Ustari, Celustka, Brown, O’Shea, Vergini, Cuellar, Roberge, Cattermole, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, Ba, Mavrias, Borini, Altidore, Scocco, Wickham.