Belfast Telegraph

Fletcher 'won't be rushed back'

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is happy with Steven Fletcher's progress but will not rush the striker back into action.

Last season's top scorer for the Black Cats, Fletcher has not played since damaging ankle ligaments on Scotland duty in March.

Di Canio told "His improvement has surprised everybody. We are happy, but more importantly he is happy and excited.

"We don't have to (take a) risk. It would be silly to anticipate a time. We won't force it just because we see improvement, because another injury now could put him out for longer. It would be stupid.

"In a few weeks, maybe we can see Fletcher in action. We will keep our fingers crossed. He and the staff have done a very good job, we have handled the situation very well.

"We expect to see him in the next few weeks. I can't say two, three or four - we will see."

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