Sunderland boss O'Neill explains O'Shea absence

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill explained the absence of John O'Shea for victory over Manchester City.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill explained the absence of John O'Shea for victory over Manchester City.

The stand-in skipper wasn’t in the squad for the 1-0 win over City, with Carlos Cuellar taking the armband in his absence.

O’Neill revealed after the game that O’Shea hadn’t been feeling 100% for a couple of days, adding:

“We did some training last night and he wasn’t really up to it. He hadn’t improved today so we left him out.

"It wasn’t worth the risk; I hope he’ll get over it pretty quickly.”

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