Sunderland's Yann M'Vila offers his thoughts on the festive period after his first experience playing

Yann M'Vila

M'Vila admits to feeling the effects of playing over Christmas.

Sunderland midfielder Yann M'Vila has admitted there have been difficulties with his first season without a winter break and having to play competitive fixtures over the festive period.

It is M'Vila's debut season in the Premier League with the Black Cats and seems to have been a bit of an eye opener.

He is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “It’s the first time I’ve played over the Christmas period and I have to admit it’s difficult, because remember, before I came here I hadn’t played very much.

“Last season at Inter, I hadn’t played a lot of games and none at all when I was with Dynamo during the summer.

“Until I came here, I’d not really played much football for a year.

“It’s true that I’ve begun to feel a bit tired over recent games, but the manager gave us a few days off."

It seems that M'Vila is glad of the rest afforded to him by manager Sam Allardyce, with the report stating that he is likely to be one of numerous players rested for this weekend's FA Cup clash against holders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Certainly the side is prioritising trying to survive in the top flight after a win over bottom club Aston Villa at the weekend moved them to within four points of the safety mark in the Premier League.

Prior to that it wasn't the best of festive periods for the Black Cats as they were defeated in every game throughout December.

With the second half of the season looking as though it could be a long, hard fight for Sunderland they will need all of their players - their midfielder included - fresh and at the top of their game. 

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