The start of the Premier League season may be drawing closer, but Paolo Di Canio is still uncertain about the future of former club captain Lee Cattermole.
The midfielder has struggled with injuries in the past few years, and Sunderland have been very busy in the transfer market this summer.
When quizzed by the Sunderland Echo, the Italian manager was reluctant to firmly state whether or not the former Wigan player has a future in the North East.
"We will see. It depends," said the Italian tactician.
Cattermole has not travelled with the squad for their involvement in the Barclays Asia Tour. But Di Canio confessed that his stay at home was purely based on fitness.
"He couldn't come (to Hong Kong) because he was not fully fit - in the opinion of both myself and the fitness coach.
"He is training with the reserves and then when we get back to Sunderland, he will be ready," explained the former West Ham forward."
Steve Bruce is one manager who may be interested in the hard tackling midfielder.
The Hull gaffer has worked with Cattermole during his spells at both Wigan and Sunderland.
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