Connor Wickham will return to the Sunderland squad as the Black Cats attempt to shake off the disappointment of Boxing Day defeat
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Gus Poyet was left bemoaning the most embarrassing moment of his football career after his Sunderland side were hammered 8-0 at Southampton.
– Gus Poyet
Where do I start? First, it was the most embarrassing (moment) I've had on a football pitch without any doubt.
I feel sorry for the supporters. I thought we were creating something between the team and the supporters - they made a long trip and they deserved better. What I say in the dressing room stays in there.
I use the word 'embarrassing' because I'm trying to be respectful. This is not an easy (press) conference this one, I need to be very careful what I say. I'm responsible.
It's going to be a difficult week. The players who are on the pitch next week are going to do something about it.
I don't think I want to watch that again. Sometimes I make clips. I wouldn't have time to make as many clips as I need. Maybe the players will watch it. Maybe it will be good therapy for them to watch themselves.
Sunderland defender Billy Jones is out of Saturday's Premier League trip to Southampton though injury.
The full-back picked up a muscle injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week and joins fellow defender Sebastian Coates (thigh), and midfielders Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Ricky Alvarez (knee) on the sidelines.
Former Napoli defender Anthony Reveillere has been training with the Black Cats as head coach Gus Poyet looks for cover, although Santiago Vergini, who won his second cap for Argentina in midweek, is in line to deputise for Jones at right-back.
Provisional Sunderland squad: Mannone, Pantilimon, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Mavrias, Wickham, Altidore, Fletcher, Graham.