Sunderland AFC news round-up: It's finally back to football and Black Cats' survival battle

Jermain Defoe in action at Watford. Will he play tonight? Picture by FRANK REID.
Jermain Defoe in action at Watford. Will he play tonight? Picture by FRANK REID.
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Would you believe? There is a match for Sunderland fans to 'look forward' to.

After 24 hours of constant David Moyes 'slap' frenzy, it's back to the football and the not-so-small matter of a huge Premier League survival battle at Leicester City.

The Black Cats can give their slender hopes a massive boost by completing their first top flight double of the season.

If Sunderland needed any inspiration they could get it from the Foxes who, at this stage of the season two years ago, were actually in a worse position.

Read what boss David Moyes thinks about tonight's game.

Moyes insists the side has enough attackers on the field even if it has not been borne out by the results - Sunderland have not scored for the last five games.

See what Cats chief thinks about the forward options.

Will Sunderland have their talisman Jermain Defoe this evening at the KP?

Here is Moyes's squad update.

Sunderland have lurched from one crisis to the next, some of their own making and others out of their control but nonetheless this season has been a miserable one - and there is no sign of it getting better anytime soon. Not my words you understand, but the assessment of ace Sunderland Echo writer Richard Mennear.

Check out Richard's comment here.

And talking of assessments, Gary Rowell always hits the target in print as he did on the field.

Read what the Echo's columnist has to say.