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Di Canio to stick with experience

1 May 2013 15:22

Paolo Di Canio has stressed that he will not risk Sunderland's Premier League future by throwing some of their youngsters into the fray.

Sunderland face somewhat of a selection dilemma in attack with Connor Wickham out through injury and Stephane Sessegnon suspended following his dismissal in the 6-1 drubbing by Aston Villa.

The club have appealed that decision but, if they are unsuccessful, Di Canio will need someone to fill the void left by the Benin international, whose ban would see him miss the rest of the season.

Wickham's injury compounds the loss of Steven Fletcher for the remainder of the campaign and leaves Danny Graham as the Stadium of Light outfit's only established striker.

French youngster, Mikael Mandron, has been among the side's match-day substitutes recently, but Di Canio is reluctant to hand the 18-year-old his chance at such a crucial point in the campaign.

"Mandron trained with us during the week and he has been on the bench. He is a player with promise and sometimes you can use him," the Italian told The Evening Chronicle.

"However, we are at a crucial moment of the season and, as much as I can, I would like to keep the players with pedigree and experience in there.

"Mandron is still young, though, and you never know what might happen."

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