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Advocaat confirms Johnson can play

Filed: Friday, 20th March 2015
By: Staff Writer

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat insisted today that every player in his squad has the opportunity to feature at the Boleyn Ground tomorrow - including Adam Johnson.

The 27-year-old winger returned to Sunderland this week following his recent arrest "on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl". As a result, the club suspension that had been in place was immediately lifted.

Speaking this morning Advocaat insisted that, as per club policy, Johnson would be available for selection at the Boleyn Ground tomorrow. When asked, he told reporters that Johnson "can be picked", adding that "every player who trains has an opportunity to start against West Ham".

The Black Cats' 67-year-old boss was appointed as Gus Poyet's successor earlier this week - albeit on a short-term basis. Today he refused to speculate on his position post-May, insisting that his only concern were the next nine games and preserving Sunderland's Premier League status.

The first of the nine matches Advocaat will oversee prior to the end of the season is tomorrow's trip to West Ham, who are equally in need of three points following a dismal run.

You may hear Advocaat's thoughts on the tip - and his own future - by listening to the audio clip below.

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