Adam Johnson will not play for Sunderland against Manchester United

England footballer Adam Johnson, 28, leaves Bradford Crown Court, Bradford, where he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl on the first day of his trial. PA Picture
England footballer Adam Johnson, 28, leaves Bradford Crown Court, Bradford, where he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl on the first day of his trial. PA Picture
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Sunderland winger Adam Johnson will not play for the Black Cats against Manchester United due to his ongoing court case.

Sam Allardyce's side host Manchester United at the Stadium of Light in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

But Johnson won't be involved in the game amid his ongoing involvement in his court case.

Johnson, 28, yesterday admitted one count of meeting a girl under 16 following sexual grooming, and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He has denied two further offences of sexual activity with a child, and will stand trial on these charges.

Jurors will begin to hear his case tomorrow morning at Bradford Crown Court.

A jury has been sworn in, and will return to court at 10.30am tomorrow.

Johnson came on as a second half sub against Liverpool at the weekend, scoring a free-kick as Sunderland came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw.

Allardyce is due to hold his pre-match press conference at 2pm today at the Academy of Light.

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