Sunderland boss worried about Manchester City clash

Paolo Di Canio
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PAOLO DI CANIO admits he’s concerned about the safety of Sunderland’s players in tomorrow’s Barclays Asia Trophy final against Manchester City, reports Chris Young from Hong Kong.

Sunderland’s Trophy semi-final win over Spurs on Wednesday was marred by the torrential rain in the Hong Kong Stadium and the wet weather has continued here in the Far East over the last two days.

The Black Cats were not even able to train properly this morning due to the conditions.

And with the pitch set to be in an even worse state against City tomorrow, Di Canio is worried that his players will be susceptible to injuries.

Di Canio said today: “It’s obvious that I couldn’t imagine this kind of weather, but we have to honour the situation.

“This morning we changed our training session.

“The players weren’t happy because they ran without the ball.

“We couldn’t train on the field, I hope we can have a session this afternoon.

“I hope the rain can stop and maybe we can have a dry pitch otherwise it will be difficult.

“Of course I’m concerned about the safety of the players.

“A pitch in this weather at this stage of the season is dangerous

“You can have a stiff hamstring and if you make a movement that is not natural, it is dangerous.”