Martin O'Neill

Boss: Kader will get chance

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by Stuart Vose

MON taking care over new defender.

Martin O’Neill says Kader Mangane will get his chance but isn’t in a rush to “throw in” the Senagalese defender.

Mangane joined Sunderland on loan from Al-Hilal last month and has only been an unused substitute at senior level so far.

I wouldn’t want to just throw him in in the same manner [Sotirios] Kyrgiakos was last year, when maybe he wasn’t physically prepared

- O'Neill on Mangane

The defender has been working on his fitness and completed 90 minutes with the development squad against Everton earlier this week.

Mangane is approaching peak condition and O’Neill insists his opportunity will come around.

“It was [a case of] getting through the game,” O’Neill said.

“I think Kader is approaching what he would consider real, proper fitness.

“I’m hoping that his attitude continues and that he doesn’t get too disappointed at not playing at this moment.”

He continued: “The truth is, if we had a few more points on the board and were nearer to that magic figure, maybe we could try a few things.

“As we’ve seen in recent matches it’s a tough old league.

“I wouldn’t want to just throw him in in the same manner [Sotirios] Kyrgiakos was last year, when maybe he wasn’t physically prepared.

“But everything is going fine and he will get his chance.”