Watmore set to end injury nightmare


Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has confirmed Duncan Watmore will return to action on Saturday after nine months out injured.

The Black Cats forward tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a Premier League match against Leicester City last December, leading to a lengthy rehabilitation period.

But the 23-year-old will play 45 minutes for the Black Cats’ Under-23 side against Manchester City this weekend.

Manager Simon Grayson has no plans to rush Watmore back into the first team despite Sunderland’s recent problems in front of goal.

“That’s a big boost for Duncan and ultimately us as a club,” said Grayson.

“But we’re certainly not in a position where we’re going to throw him back into the first team.

“He’s been out for such a long time and we have to be very careful with that.”