Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says Fraizer Campbell could be back in full training by next week

Fraizer Campbell is close to being back in action.
Fraizer Campbell is close to being back in action.

FRAIZER CAMPBELL could be back in full training with Sunderland next week – a staggering three months ahead of schedule.

The former England Under 21 international was expected to be sidelined until February next year at the earliest after suffering knee ligament damage in training in April.

That was his second such serious injury in the space of eight months, having originally damaged the knee ligaments in a game against Manchester City last August.

But Black Cats boss Steve Bruce today confirmed that the 24-year-old is on the verge of returning to full training, and could be back in the first-team by Christmas.

“We’re hoping Fraizer will be able to join in training with the rest of the squad by the back end of next week,” he revealed.

“We’d then be looking to organise a couple of behind-closed-doors games here at the training ground so he can test himself in a match situation.

“He has got a great mentality. “

Read more about Campbell’s recovery in today’s Sportmail.