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FIGHTING BACK: David Meyler
FIGHTING BACK: David Meyler
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AHMED Elmohamady insists David Meyler’s return will hand a boost to the Sunderland dressing room.

Meyler was a surprise last-minute substitute in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with West Brom last weekend as the midfielder made his first appearance in more than eight months after sustaining knee ligament damage for the second time at Aston Villa last January.

The 22-year-old remains a long way short of competing for a starting spot and only found his way onto the first-team bench due to the absence of David Vaughan, Connor Wickham, Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble.

But Meyler is a popular figure in the Sunderland camp and Egyptian winger Elmohamady, scorer of the equaliser against the Baggies, believes the return of the Irishman will boost morale.

Elmohamady said: “Meyler’s a fantastic player and I’m really pleased he came back.

“He’s a good lad around the dressing room and it’s hard for any player to come back from setbacks like that.

“To suffer two big injuries in eight months is really tough.

“But he’s got a lot of fight and he’ll help the team now.”

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