Reveillere happy to fill Sunderland left-back gap

Anthony Reveillere
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ANTHONY REVEILLERE insists he is happy to continue as a stop-gap left-back to fill the void vacated by the injured Patrick van Aanholt.

Sunderland continue to assess the extent of the damage to van Aanholt’s shoulder after the Dutch international was stretchered off in Monday night’s victory at Crystal Palace.

But with the 24-year-old likely to be out for around a month, and fellow defenders Billy Jones and Sebastian Coates still sidelined, Sunderland’s back four largely picks itself for this Sunday’s visit of Everton.

With no specialist left-back available, Gus Poyet could opt to take the bold step of handing Under-21s rookie Tom Robson his Sunderland debut, yet the head coach is likely to persist with the defence which finished the game at Palace.

However, Reveillere – a right-back by trade – is no stranger to life at left-back and is happy to continue there after an impressive Black Cats bow at Selhurst Park.

Reveillere told the Echo: “I started on the right and then when Pat left unfortunately with his injury, I moved to the left.

“Last season, I played on the left a few times for Napoli.

“And at Lyon I did as well, even though for the majority of the games I was on the right. But it’s a position that I’m comfortable in.”

Reveillere was an unused substitute for Sunderland’s last home outing against Arsenal, but is excited at the prospect of his Stadium of Light bow this weekend.

“I saw how good the stadium and the atmosphere was against Arsenal,” he said.

“If we can build on the Palace result and get another good result, then that would be great.

“I think we have to have the ambition to keep getting wins.”

The 34-year-old had chances to ply his trade in the Premier League earlier in his career with Lyon, and there was even interest last summer before he joined Napoli on a free transfer.

But the former France international, under contract with Sunderland until the end of the season, is glad to have rounded off his career in England after experiencing Europe’s other major leagues.

“I had had previous opportunities to play in England,” he added.

“Even last summer, there were a few but I decided to play in Serie A.

“But coming to England and playing for Sunderland was an attractive proposition.

“I have always had the ambition to test myself in the Premier League. I’ve played in La Liga, Serie A and the French championship, and obviously the Premier League was missing.

“It’s a very passionate league with a great atmosphere and intensity.”

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