Sunderland fitness boost as Alvarez will face Chelsea

RETURN ... Alvarez.
RETURN ... Alvarez.

SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet bhas been handed an injury boost ahead of the visit of his old club Chelsea.

Poyet will have South American pair Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez available, with the latter coming through training unscathed this week after he wasn’t fit enough to feature in the squad for last weekend’s stalemate at Leicester City.

But Billy Jones and Emanuele Giaccherini will require at least another week before they are back in contention.

“Alvarez is back and he’s going to be available for Saturday,” added Poyet.

“Sebber Coates has trained all week as well no problems. He’s challenging for a place.

“We’re just waiting on Giaccy and Billy now. Maybe there’ll be back in a week or 10 days and then it’s up to them.”