Sunderland’s Fletcher fit to face Man Utd

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher

STEVEN FLETCHER is expected to be passed fit for tomorrow’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester United.

The Sunderland striker was restricted to a substitute’s outing in last weekend’s draw against Southampton after struggling with an Achilles injury.

But Fletcher has trained for the last two days and is likely to feature at Old Trafford tomorrow night, as Sunderland look to reach the Capital One Cup final.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said: “The injury is fine.

“We were very good with the way we dealt with the initial inflammation of the Achilles.

“He trained yesterday and today with no problems.

“It was a very difficult situation for Steve to be part of the (Southampton) game with the problem with the Achilles. He stopped after the warm-up practically.

“But after talking to the medical staff and the way we wanted to play, it was important for him to be part of it

“I was trying not use to him, but you saw what happened.

“But he didn’t damage his Achilles in those 20 minutes and was alright after having Sunday off.”

Meanwhile, Poyet refused to be drawn on stories in the Sunday tabloids over off-the-field incidents involving Fletcher.

“We’re not going to comment on the Sunday news,” he added.