Sunderland welcome return of Sessegnon

STAR MAN ... Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon, left, in action against Arsenal.
STAR MAN ... Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon, left, in action against Arsenal.
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MARTIN O’Neill admits he’s looking forward to the return of star man Stephane Sessegnon this weekend.

But he insists that shouldn’t diminish the contributions of Nicklas Bendtner and Fraizer Campbell in the African’s absence.

The Sunderland manager is expected to put Sessegnon straight back into the starting line-up for the visit of Queens Park Rangers this Saturday, following the striker’s completion of a three-match ban picked up against Newcastle United.

And O’Neill admits the player has been a loss.

“Of course you’ll miss a player of Stephane’s calibre,” he said.

“He’s that someone special that teams love to have – someone who has the skills to create something out of nothing.

“He’s frustrating at times, like all those type of players can be.

“He’ll try something and lose it and try something and lose it again but then all of a sudden he can just completely open up a defence and you can have two or three great goalscoring opportunities.”

Full story in Thursday’s Mail