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Sunderland striker to miss Crystal Palace clash after arrest

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Sunderland striker Stephan Sessegnon will miss Saturday's game at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace after being arrested for allegedly drink-driving on Tuesday night. 

The Beninese striker was arrested in Newcastle on Tuesday evening after being given the night off for his side's Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons. 

According to the Mail Online, Sessegnon will have to appear in court in Newcastle next month.

The Weirside club have recently agreed a fee of £5million with Qatari club Al-Jaish for the striker which could mean the forward could have played his last game for the club. 

Manager Paolo Di Canio is undoubtedly annoyed at his player but has not objected to giving the 29-year-old a second chance, should he stay with the Black Cats. 

"It depends what they are doing and if they are genuinely sorry. If you arrive a bit late and I fine you, if they become more professional afterwards, then that can be," said the Italian. 

However the fiery Sunderland boss, who is hoping for his side's first win of the season this weekend, will not accept Sessegnon back if he is not genuinely repentant. 

"But if you don't think you are wrong, you might say sorry but don't mean it, then that is different. I can read my players and I know the ones who are genuinely sorry if they do something wrong," he added. 

With the discipline Di Canio has already enforced in his time at the Stadium of Light, Sessegnon may be hoping the move to Qatar goes through in order to avoid the potential punishment laid-out for him by his manager. 

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