Sunderland ace Fletcher fit for Leicester clash

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher

SUNDERLAND have been handed a major injury boost with in-form Steven Fletcher passed fit to face Leicester City this weekend.

Fletcher limped off in Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland last week after receiving a heavy blow to the ankle.

The £12million frontman underwent scans on his ankle over the weekend and was left out of Scotland’s friendly defeat against England last night.

But Sunderland boss Gus Poyet today revealed that Fletcher has suffered no lasting damage and will be available for Saturday’s trip to third bottom Leicester.

“Steven is okay – it was not nice at all watching the game and seeing Fletch coming off,” Poyet told the club website.

“Naturally as human beings we always think the worst, but we got in contact straight away with him and the Scottish medical staff, who were very good.

“They sent him back to us and we have done everything possible, so I will say I am 100 per cent sure he will play on Saturday.”

Sunderland had feared the worst after Fletcher missed the final two months of the last two seasons with ankle problems.

But the ex-Wolves man’s recovery will be a welcome boost for Poyet after the 27-year-old has returned to form over the last month with four goals for the Black Cats.

Fletcher should be joined in the squad at the King Power Stadium by the returning Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez, who have both recovered from injury.

And with Billy Jones and Emanuele Giaccherini both expected to be in contention for the following week’s clash against Chelsea, Poyet’s injury problems are easing, with Patrick van Aanholt Sunderland’s only long-term absentee.

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