Van Aanholt absent ‘on medical advice’

Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt

Patrick van Aanholt could play at QPR in the EFL Cup on Wednesday

Patrick van Aanholt was pulled out of Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham because of medical advice from heart specialists, says boss David Moyes.

Left-back Van Aanholt, 26, was replaced by Jason Denayer 15 minutes before kick-off, but could play in Wednesday’s EFL Cup match at Queens Park Rangers.

“He had the statutory checks with the cardiologists,” said Moyes.

“The Football Association panel advised us really late that he should not play until further tests had taken place.”

Moyes said the Dutchman had since had those tests and would travel with the squad for Wednesday’s match at Loftus Road (19:45 BST).

“We are just surprised the FA panel didn’t contact me or my doctor until 3.55 on Sunday afternoon,” added Moyes.

“I have never in my career been put in a situation like that.

“It was completely outside our control. We knew we had to make the correct decision for the player and for the football club.”


Nick Barnes, BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator

It seems that, on Sunday, Sunderland decided to take the FA’s advice that Van Aanholt should not play against Tottenham after cardiologists tests.

But the club looked at it since and spoken with the player and feel he will be fine. It appears they are not overly concerned about whatever the problem is.

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