The photos of Patrick van Aanholt which appeared to show him smoking a shisha pipe are reportedly six weeks old and took place before the start of the Premier League season.
However, manager David Moyes was still unhappy with the conduct of the 26-year-old, who was withdrawn from the team for Sunderland’s match with Tottenham last week at the last minute due to a heart scare, but since returned to action.
“I don’t expect a player to do that, I don’t expect a player playing for me to do that,” Moyes said at his news conference ahead of Sunderland’s home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“I have had a word with him. I am not impressed.
“I have got to also say it’s a picture that comes out maybe six weeks ago, it was in his off-time, it wasn’t during the season. But just let me make sure, in no way do I condone it at all.”
Moyes revealed Jack Rodwell (knock), Jermain Defoe (calf) and Wahbi Khazri (illness) all have a chance to face Palace.