DAVID Meyler insists Connor Wickham is in the best hands as the teenage striker starts on the road to recovery.
Wickham will spend the next four to six weeks on the sidelines after injuring the ligament at the back of his knee at Manchester United a fortnight ago.
While the £8million striker’s injury is not as bad as first feared, the 18-year-old is yet another to fall foul of Sunderland’s knee injury curse.
Meyler and Fraizer Campbell – both on two occasions – Titus Bramble, Michael Turner and Craig Gordon have all faced significant spells out over the last 18 months with knee damage.
But Meyler, right, who played the full 90 minutes for the reserves in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle, has backed Sunderland’s medical team to get Wickham back in shape.
Meyler told the Echo: “I hope Connor will be all right again soon. He just went down clutching his knee at Man United.
“But he’s in the best hands. They’ve looked after myself and Fraizer.
“I’ve been back for about two months and my knee’s 100 per cent now.
“It’s just about working my way back to match sharpness and getting as many minutes as possible under my belt.”
Meyler, expected to be on the bench for today’s Stadium of Light encounter with Fulham, has made a successful recovery from two career-threatening knee injuries.
Gordon and Campbell are not too far behind the Irish midfielder either.
Scotland stopper Gordon has resumed light training, although he is still a few weeks away from a possible reserve-team comeback.
And the Echo reported yesterday how Campbell is expected to return to full training next week, an astonishing three months ahead of schedule.
The former Manchester United striker was set to be ruled out of action until next Easter after a second bout of knee ligament damage.
But the 24-year-old could be back in contention before the end of 2011 after working tirelessly to shave months off his recovery time.