TITUS Bramble is back in training after a swingeing club fine for bringing the game into disrepute and will be available for selection for Sunderland’s next match, at home to Fulham on Saturday, November 19.
The 30-year-old was suspended from training in September after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug after going night-clubbing the day after Sunderland’s worst performance of the season, the 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road.
But he has now been suspended for six weeks – the maximum allowed under UK employment law – meaning the club could not longer keep him away from his place of work.
Bramble has kept himself in good shape during his suspension and will be available to play when Sunderland return to league action after the international break.
It remains to be seen however whether Steve Bruce will select him, the manager being appalled at the trouble the defender has found himself in.
Bramble has now been charged with two counts of sexual assault and urinating in a public place – the drugs charge dropped.
A Sunderland statement said: “Titus has been fined and given the maximum sanction permitted for bringing the club’s name into disrepute. “The club can confirm he has tested negative for all banned substances, as he has done in all previous drug tests carried out throughout his career.”