Patrick van Aanholt admitted he was surprised to be replaced in the warm-up before Sunday’s tie with Tottenham but revealed the reason behind it.

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Sunderland v Middlesbrough - Premier LeagueIn a strange moment on Sunday, van Aanholt was shown in the warm-up being told, by his replacement Jason Denayer, that he was not going to start against Tottenham, despite being named in the eleven.

After the game, Sunderland coach David Moyes said an injury was behind the decision and has since stated it was due to a cardiac issue communicated to the club by the FA just before the game started.

Speaking to VI, Van Aanholt said on the incident, “I was indeed surprised, because there is really nothing to worry about.

“I’ve been sick last week. I picked up a virus and that would have crept around my body, possibly even to my heart. So we had to make a scan, but the scan is offered late or too late at the FA and therefore I had to sit in the stands.

“I felt nothing in my heart, I’m just fit… I play tomorrow normally.”

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