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Danny Graham donates to save career of fellow player

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has put his hand in his pocket to help save a fellow footballer's career.

What a gesture from Danny Graham. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old Black Cats frontman has donated £2,690 to a fund set up to raise money to cover the cost of an operation for Gateshead midfielder JJ O'Donnell, who is suffering from the rare foot condition sesamoiditis.

O'Donnell confirmed the news via his Twitter account, tweeting: "I'm not singling Danny out as without everybody donating, I wouldn't have ever reached my target, but a donation like that has left me speechless.

"I've never met Danny, but for him to put an astronomical amount like that towards a fund of a lad who he doesn't know speaks volumes of what a true gentleman he is."

Advocaat has 'good feeling' about Sunderland survival

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has a 'good feeling' about the club being able to secure Premier League safety.

The Black Cats are 16th in the table, three points above the relegation zone. They now need just a point to guarantee Premier League survival.

Sunderland face Arsenal and Chelsea in their final two games of the season but Advocaat is confident his side can get a result.

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Early kick-off at Everton for SAFC gives no advantage in relegation battle says head coach Dick Advocaat

Sunderland Head Coach Dick Advocaat says he doesn't believe his team's early kick off at Everton tomorrow gives them any significant advantage in the Premier League relegation battle.

The Black Cats will be without their Captain, John O'Shea, for the trip to Merseyside. He's got a rib injury. But another veteran defender, Wes Brown, is fit to return, while striker Steven Fletcher is also available after injury.

If Sunderland win their lunchtime kick off at Goodison Park they'll move out of the bottom three and put more pressure on their relegation rivals, all of whom kick of at 3pm. The Black Cats go into the game in good spirits, after last weekend's win over Southampton. But Advocaat thinks the early kick off isn't a big issue.

Sunderland manager: Johnson can play 'if he feels OK'

Adam Johnson was charged at Peterlee police station in County Durham Credit: PA

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat says it is up to Adam Johnson if he is in the squad against Stoke on Saturday, after the winger was charged with sex offences.

Advocaat said: "He still has to come in, but in principle if he feels okay, then he will be a member of the squad."

Yesterday Adam Johnson was charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

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