Sunderland AFC news: Allardyce meets the press, Big Sam's blueprint, Pickford to return?

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will speak to the media today ahead of the Southampton clash at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats host Ronald Koeman's side in the Premier League on Saturday and Allardyce will hope to be able to call on at least some of his injured quartet.

John O'Shea, Younes Kaboul, Ola Toivonen and Fabio Borini all missed the 6-2 humbling at Everton on Sunday.

For the latest news from the press conference, which starts at 2pm, click here.
Meanwhile, Allardyce has revealed his blueprint for keeping Sunderland in the top flight.

Allardyce told the Echo: “I haven’t done a points target, in terms of what the total is that we’ll need.

“But I’m in the middle of doing a presentation for the lads on how to get to a safe position in the league and what it’ll take to get there."

Read Allardyce's plan here:
And could Jordan Pickford be in line for an early return from his loan spell at Championship side Preston North End?

The England Under-21 international has been in fine form this season and could break a club record for Preston if he keeps a sixth successive clean sheet on Saturday.

Read the latest developments here:
And finally, former Sunderland striker Andrew Cole has revealed he as been suffering from kidney failure.

We wish him a very speedy recovery.