EXCLUSIVE: Patrick van Aanholt has told friends this after Sunderland heart scare

“That was the first indication I had of it. He had seen a cardiologist.

“Patrick had a test after the Everton game. It was completely out of our control. The results we got from our cardiologist were that everyone was fine so why would he not have been in the team?

“The lateness of the call was the bit we have to ask about. If it had been Friday or Saturday or even two hours before kick-off, we could have done something without it being brought to attention.”

But an FA spokesman responded: “The FA had no involvement in the player’s referral, screening process or the communication of the results with the club.”

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