Arsenal loan star Bendtner hungry to feature for Sunderland at Chelsea

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NICKLAS Bendtner has a chance of figuring at Chelsea tomorrow as Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill considers his attacking options.

The on-loan Arsenal striker missed last weekend’s FA Cup third round win at Peterborough with a knee injury sustained in the 4-1 victory at Wigan Athletic five days earlier.

In Bendtner’s absence, Stephane Sessegnon was forced into a more advanced role as the central striker at London Road with midfielder Craig Gardner operating in the hole behind the Benin international.

But Sessegnon could return to a more familiar deeper role at Stamford Bridge tomorrow if Bendtner is passed fit, with O’Neill contemplating the various permutations up front.

O’Neill told the Echo: “We’ll have a wee think about it (Sunderland’s attack).

“I’m hoping that he (Bendtner) can be fit and the prognosis seems to be decent.”

Connor Wickham is another option up front after the 18-year-old returned to the bench at Peterborough following a three-week lay-off with a knee injury.

But the £8million striker has struggled for a clear run of fitness after first sustaining knee ligament damage in November’s defeat at Manchester United.

“I’ll not forget his contribution against Blackburn (O’Neill’s first game in charge) when he’d only done two days of training after five weeks with the injury,” added the Sunderland boss.

“Then he hurt himself against Tottenham and it’s taken a bit of time to recover.

“But he was on the bench at Peterborough and he probably needs some proper work now. At the minute, it’s been a bit stop-start.

“Since I’ve come here, it’s been frustrating for him and hopefully he can get a proper run-out soon.”