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Patrick Van Aanholt pulled from Tottenham game after heart scan

Sunderland defender Patrick Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the game against Tottenham because of the results of a heart scan.

The Dutch Defender was originally named in the starting 11 for the match at White Hart Lane, but was replaced by Jason Denayer just over half an hour before kick off.

Television cameras caught the look of surprise on Van Aanholt's face as he was told he needed to go and speak to his manager.

The pictures sparked any number of conspiracy theories, but at Tuesday's pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's EFL Cup tie at QPR, Sunderland manager David Moyes confirmed Van Aanholt had been pulled on the advice of cardiologists.

Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the squad late on Credit: PA

"All we can say is that Pat had some standard tests with the cardiologist and because of those tests, the FA Panel had to check it, the panel of cardiologists. But incredibly they gave me the answer back at 10 minutes to 4 before the game when the player was out warming up. So we had to make a decision then and there on the spot. But Pat will travel today with us to London."

"It was completely out with our control, but it was in our control because we knew we had to make the correct decisions for the player and for the football club."

"That was it, it was unforeseen. But I just find it very difficult to understand the timing and for all the conspiracy theories out there I can categorically say they were all incorrect."

– David Moyes

Sunderland lost the game at Spurs 1-0. The Black Cats are still waiting for their first Premier League win this season. They're currently second bottom of the table.

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Heart scan forced Van Aanholt withdrawal at Spurs

Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the squad late on. Credit: PA

Sunderland boss David Moyes has confirmed that defender Patrick van Aanholt was withdrawn from the team to face Tottenham on Sunday because of the results of tests on his heart.

The Dutchman's withdrawal from the starting XI at White Hart Lane on Sunday barely 30 minutes before kick-off sparked a series of conspiracy theories, but Moyes revealed on Tuesday morning that he had been advised not to play the full-back by cardiologists.

Moyes said: "He had the statutory checks with the cardiologists and the FA panel of cardiologists looked at it and advised us really late on Sunday that he should not play until further tests had taken place."

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