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Sunderland handed Pickford blow

29 Dec 2016
Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

David Moyes confirms goalkeeper has knee injury and faces weeks on sidelines

Sunderland could be without Jordan Pickford for their next eight Premier League matches after the goalkeeper strained a knee ligament in the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester United.

"Pickford has good news and bad news," David Moyes told of the 22-year-old. "The good news is he hasn't ruptured his ACL, the bad news is he's strained it.

"We're looking at 6-8 weeks, it's a major disappointment for him and for us because he's been saving us points." 

It means the fit-again Vito Mannone is set to return at Burnley on 31 December, when Sunderland will hope to end a calendar year with victory for the first time since 2007. 

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