Di Canio: I can’t sign Gino with his prob­lems

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PAOLO DI CANIO has re­vealed that an old in­jury means Ar­gen­tinian full-back Gino Peruzzi won’t be join­ing Sun­der­land af­ter all.

Just a day af­ter the 21-year-old’s club Velez Sars­field claimed the deal would go through af­ter Sun­der­land re­turn from the Bar­clays Asia Tro­phy in Hong Kong, Di Canio said the deal had been put on hold be­cause of a prob­lem re­vealed by a med­i­cal on Wear­side last week.

The Black Cats boss said: “At the mo­ment, there is no chance for Gino Peruzzi to join us.”

Di Canio thought he had landed the right­back af­ter he had fi­nally agreed per­sonal terms, only for med­i­cal tests to re­veal the af­ter-ef­fects of a lig­a­ment in­jury he suf­fered last sea­son.

Tal­ented

The Ital­ian in­sisted: “My club is not a club that can sign play­ers with some prob­lems.

“We’re not Manch­ester City, who can think about buy­ing a tal­ented player with an in­jury and wait for him.

“We are not very late in the trans­fer win­dow but I would like a player ready to join the rest of the group, be­cause the process of in­te­gra­tion is not just phys­i­cal.

“They have to un­der­stand how we play, which is not easy.”

Af­ter his med­i­cal set­back, Peruzzi was sent to see a spe­cial­ist in Rome – and Velez were con­fi­dent he would still com­plete his move.

“Sun­der­land re­quested per­mis­sion to sub­ject Gino Peruzzi to a fi­nal eval­u­a­tion at the Villa Stu­art Sport­ing Clinic in Rome, which is di­rected by the renowned Pro­fes­sor Pier Paolo Mar­i­ani,” said a Velez stgate­ment.

“The eval­u­a­tion had a pos­i­tive re­sult with Prof Mar­i­ani rec­om­mend­ing spe­cific work on the af­fected mus­cle area.”

NO DEAL: Di Canio

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