Altidore won’t be the last player to be dropped by Sunderland boss this season

Jozy Altidore.
Jozy Altidore.

JOZY Altidore will not be the last Sunderland player this season to suffer the disappointment of being dropped, insists Gus Poyet.

Altidore was left out of Sunderland’s matchday squad for the Capital One Cup final last weekend after featuring in 32 of the Black Cats’ 35 games prior to Wembley.

The 24-year-old returned to training at the Academy of Light today after starting for the USA in their midweek international friendly against Ukraine.

But head coach Poyet has warned that he will continue to make the tough calls over Sunderland’s run-in, as he shuffled his pack to keep the club in the Premier League.

“One of the things with Jozy is that he was lucky enough to have the international game,” Poyet said today when asked about how Altidore would react.

“He could go away with his country and be normal up to a point.

“It’s going to happen with other players; someone else will be left out who is not expecting it.

“It’s not nice, I don’t like it.

“But unless we get a few injuries, it will be the same until the end of the season.

“For them, it will be hard.

“When these situations happen, you learn a lot from the players.

“It’s not nice to tell someone they are not on the bench in a final, for the first time.

“But it’s part of my job and we can’t pick what is good and bad.

“I hope they all understand the reasons, because there are reasons for every decision.”