Players playing for final places - Poyet

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has told his players they still have time to play themselves into his Capital One Cup final team.

Managers will always have seven or eight we will pick if they are fit, which leaves three or four which are always available for people depending on what they do or how they feel.

I hope nothing happens next week so I can make the decisions based on performance and what we need.

It could be an illness, it could be a virus, it could be anything, and then somebody who is not expecting to be there then is there, and you want that person to be very good because you know the team is going to be affected.

If (the final) was this week I would have no complaints because everybody has been spot-on.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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