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Bruce: Cattermole could lose captaincy following red

Steve Bruce is considering whether to strip Lee Cattermole of the Sunderland captaincy as a result of the midfielder's "frustrating" habit of picking up red cards.

Cattermole was dismissed for the fifth time in his career, and the second time in three Premier League games this season, when picking up two yellow cards in the first half of a 1-1 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The player's indiscipline has not gone unnoticed by his manager and now Bruce says he will review his decision to hand Cattermole the armband following the sale of Lorik Cana over the summer.

"He made four or five wonderful challenges in the first 20 minutes and that's him, he is competitive and wants to try and win the ball," Bruce said. "But in this day and age he has to learn from this otherwise he's going to be in serious trouble and half his career will disappear with suspensions. He's got to learn from this and at the moment he isn't and that's the frustrating thing for me.

"I made a big decision in the summer to give him [the captaincy] and I will review that, I'll take my time and see. The responsibility might be a little bit too much, but I will have that conversation with him and think about it over the next week or so.

"He wants to do well and started off brightly but it was obviously a silly challenge he made when you've already had the yellow card."


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