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Sunderland boss Sbragia will hold Cisse judgment

Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia will include Djibril Cisse in his squad for tomorrow's clash with West Ham.

Sbragia has spoken to the Frenchman about the incident which saw him arrested outside a Newcastle lapdancing bar in the early hours of Monday morning.

"We'll deal with the Djib situation when we get the relevant information," he promised. "There is a code of discipline at the club which he knows about. We'll keep it in-house. He's in the squad for Saturday and I spoke to him after training.

"I wasn't here when the story broke (he was in Europe scouting potential signings) but I got a phone call about it and then saw it in the papers - it didn't make nice reading. But we'll deal with it. I've spoken to him and we will wait until we get all the information. There's always two sides to every story."

Sbragia revealed he broached the issue in a softly-softly manner, chatting to his colourful player about it on the Scot's more natural habitat of the training pitch, rather than summoning him to the manager's office.

"I spoke to him yesterday and did a little bit of extra work with him after training, then pulled him to one side," he explained. "I didn't want a meeting where it's like going to see the headmaster with me on one side of the desk and him on the other all fearful. I spoke to him on the training ground and said, 'This is the situation.' But until we know the full facts we're in limbo."

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