PHIL STOP FOR BARD

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

PAOLO DI CANIO is stuck with Phil Bard­s­ley un­til Jan­uary af­ter the Sun­der­land defender’s in­jury shocker.

Want­away full-back Bard­s­ley is out for 10 weeks af­ter suf­fer­ing a sus­pected bro­ken foot play­ing for the U21s – scup­per­ing Di Canio’s hopes of of­fload­ing the out-of-favour for­mer Man United star.

Bard­s­ley was chopped from the first-team squad and told he’d never play for Di Canio again af­ter the Black Cats boss laid into the 28-year-old, who was pic­tured ly­ing in a wad of £50 notes in a casino on the eve of the fi­nal game of last sea­son. Ful­ham and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day are track­ing the Sta­dium of Light out­cast, but both have now been forced to put a move on hold af­ter Bard­s­ley picked up the in­jury to his right foot in the 1-0 win over Bolton.

Di Canio’s plan to re­coup £1m on a player who has played 150 times for the club since he was signed by Roy Keane for £1.3m in 2008 has been shelved un­til Jan­uary as the player launches his re­hab.

The defender left the train­ing ground with his foot in a brace.

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