Da Silva may make bow for Black Cats
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted he will have to make changes for tonight's Carling Cup second round trip to Norwich after a gruelling start to the new season.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted he will have to make changes for tonight's Carling Cup second round trip to Norwich after a gruelling start to the new season. Bruce claimed after Saturday's 2-1 Premier League victory over Blackburn that his squad had "hundreds of knocks".
"Whatever team I put out, we are still capable of going and winning down at Norwich," said Bruce, still fuming that his players, many of whom played an international game during the midweek before the season got underway, have since been asked to get through four games in 10 days. "The one thing I'm not going to do is get carried away because we have got six points. There were glaring things that alarmed me on Saturday. It's going to take time to make sure we get the team we are looking for."
Goalkeeper Marton Fulop had injections in a heel injury before the game, but was clearly hampered and must be a doubt, while midfielder Lee Cattermole played the full 90 minutes despite struggling with a back injury beforehand. Summer signing Paulo da Silva could be handed a debut after working his way towards match fitness following a delay in his arrival from Mexican club Toluca because of administrative problems.
Provisional squad: Fulop, Gordon, Carson, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Collins, Nosworthy, Da Silva, McCartney, Cana, Cattermole, Richardson, Reid, Malbranque, Leadbitter, Henderson, Tainio, Edwards, Bent, Jones, Campbell, Healy.