Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has fresh tests on ankle injury

Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against Aston Villa.
Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against Aston Villa.
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STEVEN FLETCHER has undergone a second scan on his ankle injury today.

Fletcher visited a specialist in London last Friday over fears that he may miss the end of the season, if he requires another operation on the ankle problem which kept him out for the final two months of last year’s successful escape from the drop.

Sunderland remain hopeful that the Scottish international can play a part over the last few games - albeit he won’t feature in this Saturday’s visit of Southampton.

But Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is awaiting news on further tests on the 28-year-old today, which should clarify the length of his absence.