DAVID Vaughan is likely to start this weekend’s clash with Fulham on the bench as Steve Bruce adopts a cautious approach with the midfielder.
Vaughan missed Sunderland’s last game before the international break at Manchester United after failing to recover from a groin strain.
The 28-year-old was subsequently ruled out of Wales’ friendly with Norway last weekend and only returned to training at the Academy of Light this morning.
If fully fit, Vaughan would have been in contention to return to the starting XI after impressing in his six top flight appearances for the Black Cats.
But boss Bruce is wary of throwing the former Blackpool man straight into the fray after just two days training, for a crucial game against fellow strugglers Fulham.
Read Chris Young’s full story in today’s Sportmail.