Yann M’Vila IS available to make Sunderland debut against Norwich despite headbutt red card

Yann M'Vila could face Norwich City this weekend
Yann M'Vila could face Norwich City this weekend

Yann M’Vila could make his Sunderland debut against Norwich this weekend despite a red card for a headbutt in a reserve game.

Club officials have confirmed the Frenchman - who was red carded for the Under21s on Sunday - is available for selection in the first home Premier League game of the season.

A club statement said: “M’Vila made a loan move to the Stadium of Light last week and will be in contention to make his senior bow against the Canaries.

“The midfielder received a red card whilst playing for the under-21 side on Sunday, however, any sanction applies to the U21 competition only.”

Midway through the second half of his run-out for the Under-21s at Eppleton CW, the French international needlessly got himself involved in a flashpoint and lived up to his billing with a head-butt on Norwich striker Jamar Loza that saw an inevitable red card.

But he could now make his first team debut at the Stadium of Light this weekend.