Sunderland hotshot Stephane Sessegnon will not take part in the last three games after picking up a straight red card in the heavy defeat to Aston Villa.
The Black Cats had appealed the decision given by referee Lee Probert however the FA did not overturn the decision and the Benin International will now sit out for the remainder of the season.
Sessegnon, 28, had been in great form leading up to the Aston Villa game scoring goals in the two previous matches against bitter rivals Newcastle United and Everton.
With the Benin International now suspended, the focus will turn to England winger Adam Johnson. Johnson who moved to Wearside last season from Manchester City has failed to make an impact since his move to the Stadium of light.
Sessegnon is the player who has all the creativity however Adam Johnson will be hoping he can prove his worth in the final three games of the season. Johnson stated he was not shocked by the FA's decision.
"Sess missing is going to be a blow, but those decisions never get overturned. I can’t remember the last time any red card was rescinded.
“Sess has scored a couple of important goals for us of late and returned as the kind of player we always knew he was.
“It’s really disappointing because our squad is small anyway, so we need to get together as a team. The lads that are available just need to get the result” he revealed to Sky Sports.
It is vital from now on in that Johnson steps up his game and helps Sunderland to yet another season in the top flight.
The Mackems will be hoping to achieve that 40 point mark on Monday night when Stoke City visit the Stadium of Light. The Sunderland fans will see this game as a must win fixture and anything less will put them under great pressure for the rest of the season.
Sunderland will then play Southampton at the Stadium of Light the next week before rounding off their season at Champions League chasers Tottenham Hotspur.
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