Paolo Di Canio defends Sunderland training regime

Di Canio defends training regime
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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio insists that the new intensive training regime that he has introduced at the club is good for the players.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has defended the new intensive training regime that he has introduced at the club.

Di Canio is believed to work his squad hard ahead of their matches, but the Italian claims that it will only have a positive effect on the players.

"I promise that this club will have fewer injuries than it used to," he told the Sunderland Echo.

"We have worked hard on fitness, and fitness levels are all important if you are to maintain quality for long periods of the game and for many games consistently."

The Black Cats return to Premier League action on Saturday when they welcome Arsenal to the Stadium of Light.

Dwight Gayle of Crystal Palace is brought down in the penalty area by John O'Shea of Sunderland leading to a penalty and his sending off during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on August 31, 2013
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