Arca still missing for Cats
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland have confirmed that Julio Arca will miss their clash with Manchester United.Sunderland have confirmed that Julio Arca will miss their Premiership clash with Manchester United at the weekend.
The Argentine has a badly bruised toe and he was forced out of Sunderland's last game with West Ham.
He has since spent time in plaster to make sure he is right for the United clash, but he has again failed to make the game as manager Mick McCarthy will not risk him aggravating the problem which could see him sidelined for a prolonged period.
"We won't take a risk with Julio," said McCarthy.
"We just want to make sure he's absolutely right when he does return."
Arca's absence means Andrew Welsh is likely to continue on the left side.
"Julio gives me a bit more defensive solidity," said McCarthy.
"Andy works his socks off and I love him to bits but Julio does make you stronger defensively, purely because he has played a lot of his career at left-back and he knows how to defend well.
"Welshy causes problems though and the best chances we had n the West Ham game came from his work."
Better news for Sunderland is that Gary Breen has recovered from a calf strain and will be fit to face United.