Di Canio fined, O'Shea returns and Cattermole lifeline

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

Here's all the latest Sunderland update, featuring Paolo Di Canio, John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole.

The Independent reports that Paolo Di Canio has been fined by the FA for improper conduct after comments he made about the referee during and after the loss to Arsenal on Saturday. 

He will not, however, receive a touchline ban. Di Canio served two touchline bans while Swindon manager - first for celebrating a goal on the pitch and then for a third red card of the season.

The Shields Gazette reports that Paolo Di Canio is insisting that there is no grudge between himself and captain John O’Shea. The Italian made it clear that O’Shea would be returning to the first team after missing Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal through suspension.

Di Canio told the newspaper: ‘I said what I felt about his performance when I was asked a direct question about him after the Palace game, and I gave an honest answer. But it is crazy to think that all of a sudden his position is in question.’

The Hartlepool Mail reports that Sunderland will be boosted by the imminent return of full back Andrea Dossena from injury. It is expected that the Italian defender will return to the squad by the end of the month. Di Canio has been searching for a permanent left back since Danny Rose returned to Tottenham. The club knew when they signed him that he would be looking at five weeks on the sidelines.

Finally, The Daily Mirror reports that Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has been given a 'back me or go' ultimatum by his manager Paolo Di Canio. Cattermole has reportedly impressed his manager in training with his attitude and as he fights back from injury he could be in line with a return to the first team.

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