PHIL STOP FOR BARD
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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