Bradley Lowery has heartbreakingly had to cancel a visit from best friend Jermain Defoe because he was too ill to see the Sunderland striker and didn't want his hero to 'see him poorly'.
England striker Jermain Defoe can leave Sunderland on a free transfer if they are relegated from the Premier League, Sportsmail can confirm, thanks to a clause in his current contract.
Sunderland defender Paddy McNair has opened up on his Manchester United exit by revealing he made it clear to Jose Mourinho he wouldn't be leaving on loan.
Sunderland are hoping centre half John O'Shea will be fit for the clash with Watford this weekend.
David Moyes will not be sacked as Sunderland boss even if the worst was to happen and they are relegated this season.
Sunderland duo Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore have revealed to Sky Sports News HQ that a competitive rivalry is aiding their recovery from injury.
Defoe now has a 'better understanding' of his body, as such he doesn't drink, embraces cryotherapy treatment, undertakes yoga and has entered a vegan lifestyle into his diet.