Sunderland is allowing Adam Johnson to train with the club as the legal process plays out around his arrest for suspicion of sex with a 15-year-old girl.
The 27-year-old was arrested at his mansion on March 2 and almost immediately suspended by the club.
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He is on bail, and police called the investigation “very much live.”
The club held talks with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and Johnson’s representatives after his police bail was extended.
He will be available to play for new manager Dick Advocaat this weekend.
“We recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues. He will therefore return to training,” a club statement said.
“The club’s own investigation cannot continue until the conclusion of the legal process.”
He will be available to play, but could Sunderland choose a player given the seriousness of the charges at hand?