The agent of Sunderland signing Andrea Dossena has explained his failed medical at Torino.

The former Napoli fullback only made his move to Sunderland after missing out on a deal with Toro.

Roberto La Florio explained: "In good faith during the medical he said that he felt pain and the club doctors looked deeper, finding a 1cm lesion in the quadricep. At that point they took a step back, because he wouldn't be ready for three to four weeks and Torino needed someone straight away.

"We found the Sunderland option, had a meeting and they said the lesion will take four to five weeks to recover from, so they decided to sign him anyway."

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