Sunderland midfielder Darren Gibson believes returning duo Lee Cattermole and Victor Anichebe can provide a big boost as they look to win their battle against relegation.
The Black Cats travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Saturday in search of a badly needed victory to boost their survival hopes.
Sunderland, who are priced at 1.06 to be relegated, currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League table, seven points from safety with nine games to play.
The north-east outfit have picked up just one point from their last four Premier League outings while they have won only one of their last 13.
David Moyes is set to welcome back the experienced Cattermole and goal-threat Anichebe for the clash on Saturday.
Cattermole has featured just three times this season and was last in action in the loss to Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light in September.
Anichebe, who joined last summer, has struggled with injuries all term and last played against West Brom in January.
Gibson believes the duo’s return to fitness is good news for the rest of the squad and hopes they can slot straight back in.
“Getting Catts back will be important,” Gibson said. “He has a lot of experience, he is a good leader on the pitch, while Victor’s ability to hold the ball up will be a big positive for us.
“Hopefully we can get them back after the international break and things will start going our way.
He (Anichebe) can be unplayable when he is on form so hopefully he comes back from America and is flying.”