Liam Bridcutt out of Sunderland’s clash at Arsenal but Jack Rodwell is fit

Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Leicester City.
Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Leicester City.
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LIAM BRIDCUTT will miss Sunderland’s clash at Arsenal, although fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell is back in the squad.

Bridcutt made his first start under Dick Advocaat in last weekend’s stalemate against Leicester City, but came off after an hour with a knock to his knee.

The ex-Brighton man has failed to recover from that injury in time for the trip to the Emirates - forcing Advocaat to make at least one change to his starting XI.

However, Rodwell has shaken off a hamstring problem after being confined to the treatment table for the last two games and could provide a like-for-like replacement for Bridcutt in the middle of the park.

Right-back Billy Jones is also available after coming off against Leicester with cramp to his thigh.

“Jones is available, but Bridcutt, Gomez and Wes Brown are not,” said Advocaat.

“Liam had some problems with a knock on his knee and he’s still fit enough to play.

“It makes it easier to make the squad with Rodwell coming in though.”

Advocaat has again hinted that Adam Johnson could start his first game since February too after impressing as a substitute in the last two games.

“This team works so hard and you have to be fair to all of them, but Adam is a player who can do something different for us,” he added.