Asamoah Gyan in confident mood after breaking summer duck

ASAMOAH Gyan is confident he will be in suitable shape for the Premier League opener after breaking his pre-season duck.

The Ghanaian hitman grabbed the equaliser for Sunderland in last night’s 3-1 victory at Hartlepool United as the Black Cats produced their most complete performance of pre-season so far.

Gyan has endured a tough time since reporting for duty last month, with the 25-year-old put through a gruelling fitness regime during the club’s tour of Germany after not being up to scratch to feature in any of the games.

But Sunderland’s record signing lasted the full 90 minutes at Victoria Park in his third pre-season outing and believes he is edging closer to peak condition, just in time for the curtain raiser at Liverpool in 10 days time.

Gyan told SportMail: “You can see we’re getting closer to the league and everyone is almost ready for the season.

“Everybody looked sharp last night. I arrived late and I still need to work on my fitness level, but I think everything will be fine.

“For a striker, you need to put the ball in the net.

“That was my third game of pre-season after I’d had my problems with my fitness.

“But I’m happy I was able to play the 90 minutes and get the goal which is a boost to my confidence.

“It’s good for me to get 90 minutes too because the previous two games I wasn’t in my best shape and I wasn’t doing some things right.

“But last night, I was able to do things better and my fitness was better.”

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