Allardyce confirms Jan Kirchhoff will not play for Sunderland until Saturday at the earliest

Sunderland recently added the big German to their ranks.

According to a report from the Sunderland Echo, new Black Cats signing Jan Kirchhoff may have to wait a little longer for his debut after moving from Bayern Munich last week.

The 25-year-old centre-back became Sunderland’s first signing of the January transfer window for £750,000 and with his international clearance now through he could feature as early as this Wednesday when Sam Allardyce’s side take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

However, the Sunderland boss has suggested that while Kirchhoff will travel with the squad for the mid-week game, he is not quite ready to feature after his lack of minutes for Bayern this season.

“I don’t think he’ll be involved at Swansea,”Allardyce told the Echo, “Tottenham is probably the earliest.

“But he’s going to start travelling with the lads to get used to them. We’ll use him at the appropriate time when we think he’s ready.”

Kirchhoff has played just one minute of first-team football this season after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury so it is no surprise that he will be brought into the Sunderland fold slowly.

But when he is fully fit the German should prove to be a wonderful addition to Allardyce’s Sunderland squad, with his ability to play either at the heart of defence or as a holding midfielder.

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