Cabral has been left stunned after being frozen out by Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio.

The hardline Black Cats boss has stunned the midfielder by axing him after claiming he is badly off the pace.

The Italian said: "At the ­moment he's behind three other players who have got ahead of him. It's very difficult for him.

"Maybe one day, if he can show me that he understands football, then yes he will play again.

"Otherwise, in the middle, ­especially against top sides, we will get beaten. At this moment, Cabral has got difficulties."

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