Adam Johnson is back in the Sunderland squad for this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
Johnson has been out of action since the opening day defeat at Leicester City after suffering a dislocated shoulder.
But the ex-Manchester City man was able to continue with his cardio work during his lay-off and after returning to full training on Monday, he is back in Dick Advocaat’s plans for Saturday’s clash at the Vitality Stadium.
Johnson is expected to be on the bench, rather than in the starting XI though, with an illness to Duncan Watmore leaving one place vacant among the substitutes.
Sunderland boss Advocaat said: “Johnson is back in the squad because he was already running.
“Duncan came down ill on Wednesday night, so he’s out.”
With Johnson returning, Advocaat virtually has a fully fit squad to pick from.
Steven Fletcher is available after missing last weekend’s defeat to Spurs with a knock, while new signing DeAndre Yedlin is able to make his Sunderland debut.
The only players missing are youngster Tom Beadling – out for two months due to a broken ankle – and fellow defender Adam Matthews, who is around four weeks away from being back in contention due to an ankle injury.
“Beadling and Matthews are out, but the rest are all fine,” confirmed Advocaat.