JOZY Altidore is out of America’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico tomorrow night.
But the good news for Sunderland is that the striker will miss the game through suspension rather than injury.
And Altidore should therefore be fit and available for Sunderland’s game against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was shown a yellow card in the dying stages of the US’s 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday.
And that was enough to rule him out of the game against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow night.
Altidore had travelled to America with a tight hamstring.
The problem had ruled him out of Sunderland’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.
But the injury did not prove to be too serious, and he was able to play in the Costa Rica game.
Di Canio, though, will to be relieved that the striker will not be asked to get through his second game in five days tomorrow night.
Instead he will be able to return to the Academy of Light this week to work on his fitness and the prospect of a first outing in a Sunderland shirt as Steven Fletcher’s strike partner.