Sunderland Manager Martin O’ Neill has urged Lee Cattermole to clean up his act, with the 24 year old set to return to action.
The Former under 21 midfielder has missed Premier League fixtures against former club Wigan, Manchester City and Newcastle, following his 7th career dismissal against the Dons.
The player will be welcomed back into the fold but his manager is aware that he will only be an asset to his team if he keeps his discipline in check.
O’Neill feels it is time for his captain to step up to mark of leading the side by example, and he believes the team have missed what the player brings to the table; and he doesn’t want to see him absent from the side unnecessarily again, anytime soon.
The Black Cats boss went on to tell Sky Sports that he hoped that the skipper’s frustration at watching from the sidelines will spur him on in upcoming games.
He said “I would like to think that maybe he would have learned a lesson – but it’s happened to him before and he has come back. I am hoping he can do because he’s very important to us.
Over those three games we missed what he gives us, which is that bit of extra drive, and as a captain he is very good, he is very good indeed.”
Cattermole will captain Sunderland at the Britannia stadium against Stoke City on Saturday.
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