Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Head for a New Showdown

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Head for a New Showdown

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Sunderland could be pitched into a club versus country row with Trinidad and Tobago for the second time this season.

With three internationals from the Caribbean country in their ranks ( Carlos Edwards, Dwight Yorke and Stern John ( the Black Cats were always leaving themselves open to the possibility of having some of their star players dragged across the globe in the middle of the season.

And although John has been left out of the squad to face Chile, Edwards and Yorke are due to travel to Santiago for a March 25 friendly unless Keane ( or injuries ( intervene.

While the match falls right in the middle of a fortnight spell with no Sunderland game ( that weekend has been kept free for international matches ( the club's website nevertheless hinted at Keane's reservations.

"Roy Keane will be reluctant to let two of his most influential players make the 15,000-mile round trip at such a crucial stage of the season," it warned.

The Wearsiders' next game after Trinidad's Chile fixture is away to Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday, March 31.

Edwards could be spared the trip to South America after injuring his shoulder in Saturday's 2-1 win over promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The former Wrexham and Luton Town right-winger is waiting to find the full extent of the damage he did at the weekend, although it would be a big surprise if he was fit to face Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

Privately the fear is Edwards could be out for the rest of the season, but it will take another scan later in the week before an accurate diagnosis can be made.

If Edwards is forced to withdraw from the Santiago friendly that will leave just Yorke having to decide between club and country for the second time since moving to the North-East in August. …

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