Sunderland ace Muntari ready for Man City

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SULLEY Muntari insists he will be ready for Sunderland’s trip to Manchester City this weekend after coming through his international double header unscathed.

The on-loan Inter Milan midfielder lasted less than 20 minutes of Sunderland’s last Premier League encounter with Liverpool before being withdrawn with a calf strain.

But Muntari (right) was a late substitute in Ghana’s African Cup of Nations qualifier in Congo on Sunday and then played an hour of Tuesday night’s riveting 1-1 draw with England at Wembley.

The 26-year-old hopes that proves his fitness is not in question for Sunday’s trip to Champions League chasing Man City as the Black Cats bid to end their six-game winless run.

Muntari told the Echo: “I’m ready to start back on the Premiership now. The injury is fine. I’ve felt better each time I’ve played since the Liverpool game.

“I got 60 minutes on the pitch on Tuesday and then the last 15 minutes on Sunday as well. I’m looking forward to the Manchester City game now.

“I’ll get back into training and see what the manager’s plans are.”

With Lee Cattermole now recovered from a back injury, Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has no need to take any risks with Muntari though, particularly after Ghana played twice within 48 hours.

Sunderland’s Ghanaian trio of Muntari, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan travelled more than 10,000 miles to represent their country.

Muntari was pleased the gruelling schedule had no bearing on Ghana’s performance in their first ever meeting with England.

Backed by more than a quarter of the Wembley crowd, Ghana didn’t tire with Gyan’s stoppage time strike ensuring a deserved share of the spoils.

“We only got back to England on Monday so we were a bit tired from the flight,” added Muntari. “That wasn’t on our minds though and we were able to get a good result.

“It was a great result and we were all happy, particularly Asa because he scored. I hope we can continue with that form in the African Nations qualifiers we’ve got coming up.”