Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paraguay Success Delays Cats' Man; Paraguay Success Delays Cats' Signing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paraguay Success Delays Cats' Man; Paraguay Success Delays Cats' Signing

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PARAGUAY'S World Cup success is to blame for Sunderland's third delayed signing in 12 months, writes STUART RAYNER.

Cristian Riveros did not report for training yesterday as he is still awaiting a visa.

The same problem delayed compatriot Paulo Da Silva's debut last term, while Argentina rightback Marcos Angeleri could not start Sunderland's pre-season because he was awaiting an Italian passport.

Riveros and Da Silva were excused from training until this week, having been key members of the Paraguay squad which reached the World Cup quarterfinals, bowing out to eventual winners Spain on July 3. The Guaranes' success was unexpected and even seemed to catch midfielder Riveros by surprise.

He had delayed applying for a visa until after the tournament.

Riveros passed a medical in early May and his free transfer move became official on July 1, when his three-year Cruz Azul contract expired. He has been granted a work permit but, like Da Silva and Angeleri, his visa is taking much longer to process.

Contrary to reports yesterday, Riveros is not training in Paraguay with Club Rubio Ou, where his younger brother plays and his uncle is a fitness trainer. He is now in New York, where the paperwork will be sent as soon as of seeing the 27-year-old next week, though Angeleri's experience was an unwelcome reminder that such matters often take longer than expected. Angeleri's agent assured Steve Bruce it would be a formality for his client to receive the Italian passport his heritage entitled him to, yet it took a frustrating 53 days. Sunderland have a friendly in Hoffenheim a week on Sunday, when all things being well Riveros may make his debut. International team-mate Da Silva's stock rose considerably in South Africa. According to Fifa's official rankings he was the tournament's 15th best player and seventh best defender. …

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