New boys Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul WON’T make Sunderland debuts against Toronto

Younes Kaboul
Younes Kaboul

New signings Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul will have to wait to make their Sunderland debuts.

Lens and Kaboul have been training with their new team-mates here in Canada after completing their moves to the Stadium of Light last week.

But while they have both been in full training, neither are sharp enough yet to feature in tonight’s final North American friendly against Toronto, with next week’s encounter at Doncaster pencilled in for their first game.

Head coach Dick Advocaat said: “They need a little bit more time in terms of training sessions.

“They will probably start next week.”

Fellow new boy Sebastian Coates is unlikely to feature either, while Connor Wickham, Danny Graham and Lee Cattermole are all injury doubts.

But Advocaat is looking for a more positive performance from his side after back-to-back defeats in California.

“For us, it is an important game because it is almost two weeks before the season starts,” he added.

“At a certain time, the football has to become more important than the fitness, although if you want to play well then you need the fitness too.”