Monday 18 December 2017

Cats lift Johnson suspension

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is to return to training after the club lifted his suspension.

The 27-year-old midfielder (right) was suspended by the Black Cats earlier this month following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, but will now be free to resume while the police investigation continues.

A club statement said: "The club has discussed the current position in detail with both the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) and Adam's representatives.

"In line with those discussions we recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues. He will therefore return to training.

"The club's own investigation cannot continue until the conclusion of the legal process. Sunderland AFC will make no further comment on the matter due to the ongoing police investigation."

Former England international Johnson has not played for the club since the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United on February 28, but could now be in line to make a contribution at West Ham on Saturday - new manager Dick Advocaat's first game.

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