Sunderland boss Di Canio freezes out Bardsley

Sunderland fullback Phil Bardsley is being given the cold shoulder by manager Paolo di Canio.

Sunderland fullback Phil Bardsley is being given the cold shoulder by manager Paolo di Canio.

The Daily Mail says Bardsley has been frozen out of the Sunderland first-team over his embarrassing casino photograph.

Players were told to report for end-of-season fitness tests yesterday, but Bardsley was told to arrive earlier than his team-mates to ensure he did not come into contact without the rest of the squad.

While the Sunderland hierarchy are disappointed by the photograph it is also understood a number of senior Black Cats officials have been irritated by Di Canio's public outburst, preferring the matter to be dealt with internally.

Bardsley has 12 months left on his contract and the club will need to make a decision on his future as soon as possible.

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