Black Cats set for double fitness lift


Sunderland have been boosted by the news teenager Josh Maja and fellow striker Lewis Grabban are closing in on a return to action.

A knee injury which required surgery scuppered 18-year-old Maja’s chances of forcing his way into the Black Cats’ first-team in the Championship this term after he impressed during pre-season with four goals.

However, boss Simon Grayson has confirmed that he is back in training and looking to force his way into his plans in the near future.

He told the club’s official website: “It was a big blow for the lad, he’d waited patiently for his opportunity, worked hard in pre-season, looked very good, strong and powerful.

“It was a big blow for us as a team when we were looking short at the top end of the pitch and for him as a person.”

Meanwhile, Grayson could also be boosted by the imminent return of Grabban following a hamstring injury.

Grabban scored three goals in eight appearances for the Black Cats following his season-long loan switch from Bournemouth, but has missed the last five matches.

“He’s making good progress and I’m sure he’ll be back in a red-and-white shirt very soon,” Grayson added.


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