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Ji to get Sunderland chance in next week or so

Ji Dong-won is likely to be given a chance by Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill over the busy New Year period The Black Cats have three games in seven days from January 1 which includes Premier League meetings with Manchester City and Wigan Athletic prior to the FA third round clash with Peterborough United and new boss O'Neill suggests that the South Korean striker, along with some other senior players, will be used to help shoulder the load.

"There's possibly quite a number of players who were playing under Steve Bruce who might hope the new manager thinks about things a little differently. But it's all about taking your chances," he said.

"Eventually, if you have the opportunity to play, you have to take that opportunity to shine.

"The likes of Ji Dong-won and Ahmed Elmohamady have barely been used, for example and that's not their fault.

"It's a busy time, but it could still be an exciting time if we can keep on getting good performances and results."

20-year old Ji, who joined Sunderland from Chunnam Dragons in the summer, has started just once in the Premier League this season for a total of 12 appearances which includes one goal.

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