Cape Town - Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat insists he will continue to selecting Adam Johnson, despite the winger landing in trouble with the law.
The England international was on Thursday charged with three counts of sexual activity with an underage girl and another of grooming.
Johnson was initially suspended by the club following his arrest in March, but has since been allowed to rejoin the squad as the investigations continued.
But despite the 27-year-old winger being charged this week, the Black Cats have taken no further action against him for the time being, and Advocaat fully supports their stance on the former Manchester City player, who remains available for selection.
Asked whether it was a tough decision to select Johnson, the Dutchman replied: "No, because the club made a statement about it and I stay behind that, and we will wait and see what the future will bring.
"He still has to come in, but in principle if he feels okay, then he will be a member of the squad. If he's in the squad, then I will consider him for selection, otherwise he would not be in the squad."
An earlier statement from the Wearsiders read: "Following yesterday's statement from Durham Constabulary, the club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review.
"The club will not be making any further comment."