Sunderland AFC news: Major fitness boost for Cats, midfielder slammed, Defoe hoping to help Spurs win league

Jermain Defoe in action for Sunderland
Jermain Defoe in action for Sunderland
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Sunderland have been handed a major boost with news Duncan Watmore is ahead of schedule in his return from injury.

The Sunderland forward suffered ankle ligament damage during January’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool, which was originally expected to result in a three-month lay-off – leaving him facing an uphill battle to feature again for the Black Cats during the survival battle.

But Watmore is understood to have slashed a fortnight off that estimate and resumed running at the Academy of Light last week.

And he could be back for the final five games of the campaign.

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Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce's side face leaders Leicester next week and striker Jermain Defoe is keen to do his former employers a favour and help them win the Premier League.

Spurs are battling it out with Leicester City at the top of the league.

"Leicester are a great team. What they've done there this year is an unbelievable story," Defoe told the club website.

"But I'd like to win that game - and then at the end of the season we're safe and Tottenham win the league."

Spurs trail Claudio Ranieri's side by five points.

Read more from Defoe here ahead of Saturday's visit of West Bromwich Albion.
And finally, Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt - currently on loan at Championship side Leeds United - has been in the headlines today following a horror tackle in last night's 'friendly' between Scotland and Denmark.

Denmark boss Age Hareide claimed Liam Bridcutt could have ended the career of substitute Erik Sviatchenko with his horror challenge on the defender.

And Sviatchenko has slammed the Scotland midfielder claiming the lunge in the international friendly could have broken his leg.

Watch the horror tackle here: