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.”