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​Johnson omitted from Sunderland squad following court appearance

Adam Johnson has not been included in Sunderland's squad for Saturday's Premier League match against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and a charge of grooming on Wednesday.

He is due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court on Friday on two counts of sexual activity with a child, which he denies.

The midfielder had been playing while on bail.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce confirmed Johnson's omission from the squad at his pre-match news conference on Thursday afternoon.

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