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Cabral is set to return to Sunderland at the end of his loan spell with Genoa.

Robert Cianflone

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After he signed on a Bosman free transfer last summer, Sunderland had high hopes for Cabral. When the midfielder impressed during pre-season and followed that up with an impressive league debut against Fulham, it looked as if we may have had a bargain on our hands but unfortunately the former Swiss under-21 international was dogged by rumours of having a bad attitude and being off the pace in training.

With his chances at Sunderland limited, he left to join Serie A side Genoa on loan and it appears as if the Italian club will not be pursuing Cabral on a permanent deal. According to his agent, Walter Fernandez, he will now return to Sunderland to discuss his future;

I've not heard anything from Genoa, so at this point I will return to Sunderland and discuss with them about his future.

I will meet with the English club to understand their intentions

Fernandez says injuries played a part in Cabral's poor spell in Genoa;

The truth is that he played little.

The injury slightly slowed him down, but when he played he always gave his all.

Gus Poyet didn't seem too interested in playing the midfielder when he had him at his disposal but after a disappointing season with both Sunderland and Genoa meaning there will likely to be few clubs interested in his services, he may get pre-season to prove his worth and to show Poyet that he can still be an asset to the club.

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