Sunderland handed Fletcher boost for Liverpool clash

FIT ... Fletcher.
FIT ... Fletcher.
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STEVEN Fletcher has been given the thumbs-up to participate in Sunderland’s trip to Liverpool tomorrow.

Fletcher limped off in Wednesday night’s defeat to Manchester City with a back problem after a hefty challenge from behind by defender Dedryck Boyata.

But the Scottish international suffered no serious damage and is in the squad for this weekend’s clash at Anfield, albeit he hasn’t trained since the 4-1 loss to City.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said today: “Fletch is in the squad. He hasn’t trained, but he’s in the squad.

“Most sportsmen know that when you get that leg in the back and hits the nerve, it’s quite painful.

“Of course, it takes a couple of days to get the pain away.

“It’s still a bit uncomfortable, but because there is no injury, he’ll be in the squad.”

Adam Johnson and Wes Brown are also available after being left out against City.

Winger Johnson missed the clash against his former club with a thigh problem, while Brown was rested, with on-loan Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates unavailable for tomorrow’s clash.

“Adam trained a little bit on Wednesday,” added Poyet.

“He did a fitness test then on every single movement, passing, sprinting and power.

“He did it again yesterday with the medical department and today he trained no problems.

“He’ll be available again.

“Wes is an easy one, he needs to play. That’s not difficult.”