Football - Black Cats without suspended Sessegnon

Striker Stephane Sessegnon will miss Sunderland's Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke on Monday evening after failing in his appeal against a three-match ban.

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The Benin international was shown a red card for a foul on Aston Villa's Yacouba Sylla during his side's 6-1 defeat in at Villa Park on Monday evening and will sit out the remainder of the campaign as a result.

Manager Paolo Di Canio is giving little away about his fitness concerns, but striker Connor Wickham (calf) is expected to miss out once again, while leading scorer Steven Fletcher (ankle) and skipper Lee Cattermole (knee) were ruled out of the run-in several weeks ago.

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