Paolo Di Canio

Players back in training

by Stuart Vose

Squad back at the Academy of Light.

Sunderland’s first-team squad returned to the Academy of Light for the first day of pre-season training on Wednesday morning.

New signings Cabral, Valetin Roberge, Modibo Diakite and David Moberg Karlsson met up with their new team-mates for the first time at the club’s training HQ.

The players will be put through their paces in initial sessions as head coach Paolo Di Canio begins preparations for the new season.

The squad will train on Wearside for the remainder of the week before heading out to Italy on Sunday for a training camp.

They will play a behind-closed-doors game during the trip, which precedes the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

This weekend, will be flying out to Italy with the team to bring you all the latest from the training camp, so keep checking the official website and Twitter page (