Sunderland AFC news: Pickford should be fit for Everton, Pienaar on New York trip

Pickford has been out of action since playing at Old Trafford
Pickford has been out of action since playing at Old Trafford
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Here's your lunchtime round-up of the main Sunderland headlines today...

Pickford fit for Everton?

Jordan Pickford landed the young player of the year award at the North East FWA awards last night, and had some encouraging things to say about his injury:

"Yes, the knee is fine now,

"I've had a good six to eight weeks off but I've been working really hard in the gym and getting my knee right and it's fine now.

"Hopefully, I'll be ready for Everton. My cruciate could have snapped but it's still intact so I think I've got away with one there."

Moyes will now have a big decision to make, will shipping four goals at the weekend cost Mannone his place?

Pienaar on New York

Steven Pienaar spoke to the nationals after the Southampton defeat on Saturday, and here's what he had to say

“It’s very important to be with your colleagues off the field as well and get that bond.

“What you do off the field is very important to what you do on it. Hopefully it will benefit the group.

“The aim is to get everyone pulling in one direction. You need to get to know your players off the field but it’s really important at this stage. Obviously we want to be one unit and we’re here for one cause — to stay in the Premier League.”

'We dropped too deep'

We caught up with Darron Gibson after the game and while full of praise for Southampton, he felt his side dropped too deep after the first goal.

Gibson said: "It was disappointing.

“I thought we started well in the in the game, though.

“First 25 minutes, we were on top, and then obviously they scored and it changed the game really.

“It put us on the back foot a bit and I think we dropped too deep.”