WES BROWN completed 90 minutes in a training game against Hull City today to banish fears of another injury set-back.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet had contemplated handing Brown a first competitive appearance since January 2012 in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby to inject some experience into the Black Cats’ leaky defence.
The former England international had been pushed hard on the training ground by Poyet’s coaching staff last week, to see whether he was ready for a Premier League comeback.
Ultimately, head coach Poyet opted not to risk Brown, but that was down to a lack of match fitness, rather than any fresh injury concerns.
Brown emerged unscathed from a behind-closed-doors Academy of Light clash against Hull City this afternoon and will now hope to be involved in the first team’s clash with the Tigers at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
The 34-year-old was one of several first-team players involved today, with David Vaughan, Ji Dong-won and Connor Wickham joining summer signings Cabral, Charis Mavrias and El-Hadji Ba.
Wickham missed a first half penalty before Ji enjoyed more success from the spot after the break with the only goal of the game.