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The two sides will meet at the end of the year after their match in August was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, but Martin O'Neill is hoping for a sooner date

Sunderland and Reading will play their proposed Premier League match in December now after the inital fixture was postponed by a waterlogged pitch at the Stadium of Light.

Uefa have made the decision to play the game in December as Premier League matches are forbid to play in the same week as Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

But Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has admitted that playing the fixture in December would only add to a very busy schedule that month, with all Premier League sides due to play six games including three in one week.

"There have been discussions between the two clubs and the Premier League but we can't play games in a European week which means the only time then would be December where there is only 58 games in 31 days," O'Neill told the Daily Mail.

"It is absolutely extraordinarily and it would be really crazy and ludicrous to move it to December and the worst possible outcome when we are already overloaded. It would not be fair on the players in particular, particularly when they are always talking about injuries due to the amount of games."

And O'Neill has also spoken out about captain Lee Cattermole, who was sent off in Sunderland's 2-0 midweek win against MK Dons in the League Cup.

Despite the former Middlesbrough midfielder being suspended for three games, O'Neill has decided to stick with Cattermole as captain, even if he does carry a bad disciplinary record.

"On the positive side he is really sorry about it but so am I. Whether you are captain or not you need some sort of discipline about you and it becomes an issue because of the number of times he has been sent off," O'Neill added.

"He has to think about it and stop lunging in and there are different ways in this game to tackle and he is capable of doing it but I have said that before and obviously I have been wrong.

"If I have [a] decision to make on the captaincy, I do have time to think about it. Ok. I have thought about it. He is still the captain."