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The Italian manager is yet to make a decision as to whether the Black Cats captain will remain at the Stadium of Light this season as he continues his recovery from a knee injury

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has admitted that he is yet to make a decision on the future of midfielder Lee Cattermole.

The 25-year-old has not travelled with the rest of the squad to Hong Kong as the Black Cats continue to prepare for the coming season due to his ongoing recovery from a knee injury.

While the club captain is likely to be fit by the time the squad return to Wearside, Di Canio is unsure whether he will feature at the Stadium of Light next season.

Asked if Cattermole would be part of his plans, Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo: "We will see. It depends.

"He couldn't come (to Hong Kong) because he was not fully fit - in the opinion of both myself and the fitness coach. He is training with the reserves and then when we get back to Sunderland, he will be ready."

One player who is almost certain to play a part in Di Canio's first full season in charge is striker Steven Fletcher, whose comeback from an ankle injury is continuing at a good pace.

"He is improving, he has improved a lot," Di Canio said. "We can't say how much longer it will take. But there is a big improvement and we know all about the problem.

"We are very happy with his progress and we are waiting for him."

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