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Poyet calm over Cattermole absence

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will not lose any sleep over combative midfielder Lee Cattermole's inevitable suspension.

The 26-year-old will sit out Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Everton at the Stadium of Light after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign in Monday night's 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

However, Poyet had resigned himself some time ago to the loss of one of his key men simply because of the nature of his game and with Liam Bridcutt ready to step into the fray, he is relaxed about the situation.

Poyet told the Sunderland Echo: "Lee is Lee. It doesn't bother me. It was going to happen sooner or later, especially in a game like that.

"It was a difficult game for the ref with so many fouls and tackles because you're competing.

"Liam has been fine and is waiting. I've even been tempted every now and then to play them both together."

Cattermole's five bookings have come in 10 games this season - it took him 26 last season, although he had earlier received a straight red card for a challenge on former team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady at Hull.

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