Yann M’Vila IS available to make Sunderland debut against Norwich despite headbutt red card

Yann M'Vila could face Norwich City this weekend
Yann M'Vila could face Norwich City this weekend
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Yann M’Vila could make his Sunderland debut against Norwich this weekend despite a red card for a headbutt in a reserve game.

Club officials have confirmed the Frenchman - who was red carded for the Under21s on Sunday - is available for selection in the first home Premier League game of the season.

A club statement said: “M’Vila made a loan move to the Stadium of Light last week and will be in contention to make his senior bow against the Canaries.

“The midfielder received a red card whilst playing for the under-21 side on Sunday, however, any sanction applies to the U21 competition only.”

Midway through the second half of his run-out for the Under-21s at Eppleton CW, the French international needlessly got himself involved in a flashpoint and lived up to his billing with a head-butt on Norwich striker Jamar Loza that saw an inevitable red card.

But he could now make his first team debut at the Stadium of Light this weekend.