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Sunderland morning news: Di Canio accepts fine, Fletcher could be saviour and Cattermole returns

Here's all the latest Sunderland update, featuring Paolo Di Canio, Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole

The NewsGuardian reports that Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has stated that his decision to accept an FA fine was the ‘responsible’ one to make.

He said: ‘If you fight your case and try to defend yourself, you will only get worse (punishment) if you lose.’

‘People who know me know that I never give up fighting for justice all through my life, but I also have to be responsible.’

The Italian was sent to the stands during his sides’ 3-1 loss to Arsenal after protesting with referee Martin Atkinson over a disallowed goal.

FourFourTwo reports that Paolo Di Canio has identified striker Steven Fletcher as the player who can get them out of the mess they’re in. Sunderland sit bottom of the Premier League and Fletcher’s goals can be vital in their fight for survival.

He said: ‘He has the killer instinct in the box that we need, but we have a methodology with our players and we won't play him if he is not sharp enough. We want Fletcher to be sharp for six or seven months, not just one or two.’

We saw with Aston Villa last season how important a goal scorer was Christian Benteke single handedly kept that team in the top flight, Di Canio will hope that Fletcher can have the same impact.

The Shields Gazette reports that Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole could be in line for a return to the first team squad for their trip to West Brom.

Cattermole reportedly wanted to move during the transfer window but the former Black Cats captain failed to agree any deal and Di Canio will now make use of him

He said: ‘We all know what might have happened with Lee during the transfer window, and that’s why he wasn’t really included in our plans.

‘But at the end of the day, when he doesn’t move, you don’t just stick him in a corner, and say he’s not our player.’

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