Sunderland’s Fletcher comes through unscathed

Steven Fletcher.

Steven Fletcher.

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STEVEN Fletcher has come through the latest stage of his rehabilitation unscathed and could come into contention for this Saturday’s game against Arsenal.

Gus Poyet has yet to decide on his final squad to face the Gunners but admits he is delighted with the £12m striker’s progress.

“Steven’s done very well and we are looking forward to keeping him out on the training pitch rather than in the physio’s room,” smiled Poyet.

“It is very important for us because we hopefully will now have him fit and refreshed for the end of the season.”

The 26-year-old’s last involvement in Sunderland’s first team was in the 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the Stadium of Light on January 29 but it was clear that he was not himself as he struggled with a long-standing Achilles injury.

He has spent the last fortnight on a special programme based on rest and recuperation in the hope of staving off the need for an operation.

So far it looks as though the treatment is working and that can only be good news for Sunderland, not just for the weekend’s game against Arsenal but also with the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City looming next weekend.