Sunderland AFC latest: Lens injury update, Alvarez decision, Cats top of table

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Sunderland could receive a decision on the Ricky Alvarez situation today, while there’s been some good news over the fitness of Jeremain Lens.

Reports in Argentina have suggested that FIFA could make a ruling on whether Alvarez can be granted free agent status, allowing him to move to San Lorenzo.

Sunderland have been involved in a summer-long dispute with Inter Milan over Alvarez after failing to activate the £8million permanent clause in the midfielder’s season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light.

FIFA have been called in to decide on the transfer.

Elsewhere, Jeremain Lens has been suffering with a knee problem, but Dick Advocaat believes he will be well-rested over the international break and fit to play against Spurs on Sunday.

Advocaat said: “Hopefully he can get his sharpness back after these 14 days, before we play Spurs.”

Meanwhile, Billy Jones isn’t fazed by the arrival of DeAndre Yedlin on loan, despite the USA star set to challenge him for a right-back spot.

“I think it’s great,” Jones told the Sunderland website.

“As a Premier League squad you need two players for each position and we’ve got four full-backs, four centre-halves, so eight people competing for four positions. It’s competition for places, it’s great and it keeps you pushing on.”

The Premier League returns this weekend after the Euro 16 qualifiers but some Sunderland players may still have one eye on next summer. Richard Mennear took a look at which Black Cats stars could be heading for play-off tension.

Finally, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light has been revealed as the Premier League’s top spot for football banter and score sharing via 4G.

A study by smartphone retailer Mobiles.co.uk, in partnership with OpenSignal, has measured the average upload and download speeds offered at stadiums throughout the UK. It places Sunderland at the top of the league.