Captain O’Shea gives Sunderland injury boost ahead of Chelsea visit

John O'Shea.
John O'Shea.

JOHN O’SHEA has handed Sunderland an injury boost for tomorrow night’s visit of Chelsea after coming through training unscathed.

The Sunderland skipper was a major doubt to feature against Jose Mourinho’s side after suffering a groin strain in the closing stages of Saturday’s goalless draw at Aston Villa.

But the centre-half has handed head coach Gus Poyet a pleasant surprise by returning to training and is expected to be passed fit for tomorrow’s Stadium of Light clash.

Poyet said: “It’s not a risk (playing O’Shea) because today he trained and was completely alright.

“It was a happy surprise this morning because we were paying close attention to him.

“At first, he didnt feel he’d pulled a muscle. It was just a strange feeling that something wasn’t right.

“But he’s recovered well and trained alright without any problems

“Let’s hope nothing goes wrong, but I’m delighted that John will be available.”