Sunderland’s Larsson could still face Man City

Sunderland's Seb Larsson.
Sunderland's Seb Larsson.
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SEB LARSSON has a chance of featuring in New Year’s Day’s visit to Manchester City, despite suffering a twisted ankle in last weekend’s draw at Aston Villa.

Larsson attempted to play through the pain following a first half injury at Villa Park, yet he was forced off early in the second half.

But the Swedish international has suffered no lasting damage and is due back in training tomorrow, ahead of Thursday’s visit to the Etihad.

However, fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt will not be involved against City after suffering concussion at Villa, which forces him to remain on the sidelines for at least the following five days.

“Seb is feeling much better and he’s coping with the pain,” said Sunderland boss Gus Poyet today.

“He twisted his ankle and it was swollen, but there was no big ligament damage.

“So from now on, it’s about how he can cope with the pain.

“He’s going to train tomorrow, so he could be available for Thursday.

“With Liam, it’s more difficult because of the new rules.

“There are protocols which we need to follow when it’s concussion.

“From what I’ve been informed, he’ll be back in training on Friday.

“If you see Liam now, he’s perfect, he can run, jump, do whatever you like.

“But we are now allowed and we respect those decisions.”