Sunderland boss David Moyes has confirmed forward Fabio Borini could make his first competitive appearance since August in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
The Black Cats will head to South Wales looking to claim an unprecedented fourth win in five Premier League matches and they will fancy their chances of securing a victory against the bottom of the table Swans.
Moyes’ men will be boosted further by the news that Italy international Borini could be available for selection following a groin injury.
With Seb Larsson and Jan Kirchhoff having made their returns from injury as substitutes during last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Leicester, Moyes admits it is a boost to have some of the club’s long-term absentees available for selection once again.
“Kirchhoff and Larsson had to come on last week and they played very well in the second half, and Fabio Borini is also just about ready to be involved after a full week in training,” the manager told reporters.
“He’s close so at least we have some of the long-term players back who we had problems with at the start of the season.”
The news is not all good for Sunderland, as it was confirmed earlier this week forward Duncan Watmore has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a cruciate ligament injury and Moyes concedes it is a huge blow to lose the youngster to such a long-term problem.
He said: “It was really bad news for us but terrible news for the boy [Duncan Watmore] because he’d been doing really well for us.”
Sunderland are available at 3.50 to secure a victory on Saturday, while Swansea are priced at 2.10 and the draw is on offer at 3.40.