JACK COLBACK is available for tonight’s visit of MK Dons after shaking off the dead leg which forced him off at Southampton last weekend.
Colback lasted just nine minutes of the second half at St Mary’s on Saturday after a first half collision with Saints summer signing Victor Wanyama.
But the left-back played a full part in training at the Academy of Light yesterday and is likely to remain in the starting XI for tonight’s Capital One Cup second round tie.
Paolo Di Canio told the Echo: “Jack is okay. He wanted to carry on at Southampton, but in the first half, he couldn’t move his leg.
“He tried, but then when you stop at half-time, it’s difficult to start again. After a few minutes, he said he couldn’t continue.
“It’s a typical problem, but maybe after one day with treatment, you can feel much better. You will be sore, but you can start to play again.
“Yesterday, he did everything with the team, so he’s okay.”
There is a possibility that Colback could be joined in Sunderland’s squad tonight by long-term injury victim Steven Fletcher.
Head coach Di Canio was coy on Fletcher’s chances yesterday, before claiming it was too soon for last season’s top scorer, who has only just resumed full training from the ankle injury that has kept him sidelined since March.
But it is understood that Fletcher’s progress has been so encouraging that Sunderland have tried to hold him back for fear of a relapse, and there is an outside chance he could be involved against the Dons.
One player who definitely won’t feature is Wes Brown, as he recovers from the knee injury sustained at the end of Sunderland’s pre-season.
But Brown has now been pain-free for more than a week and there is a possibility that he could join in full training before the weekend.
Di Canio said: “Wes is training harder and harder and he hasn’t had any reaction in his knee for the last eight days, since he started running.
“He’s started working with the ball too and there’s been no problem. He’s pushing and asking ‘when can I join the squad?’
“But we have to be sensible and intelligent. In another two or three days, he can maybe join in and stay with the squad.”