Striker Expected To Be Fit For Semi Final Clash

Warren Little

With the fitness of strikers being the big talking point in the build-up to the finely-balanced League Cup semi final at Old Trafford, one manager has received a big boost.

Steven Fletcher is set to win his fitness battle ahead of the League Cup semi final against Manchester United.

The Scotland striker was surprisingly dropped to the bench when Sunderland faced Southampton on the weekend, fueling rumours of some kind of bust-up with the management. Those rumours turned out to be false, though, with Gus Poyet confirming after the game that Fletcher was struggling with an Achilles injury.

However, Poyet has since confirmed to reporters that the former-Wolves man is fully available again. He told The Sunderland Echo:

The injury is fine.

We were very good with the way we dealt with the initial inflammation of the Achilles. He trained yesterday and today with no problems.

I was trying not use to him, but you saw what happened.

But he didn’t damage his Achilles in those 20 minutes and was alright after having Sunday off.

The big question now, of course, is does he start? Jozy Altidore is perhaps more ideally suited to a counter-attacking backs-to-the-wall game, but Fletcher is far more likely to nick a goal.

It's an interesting decision for Poyet to make. Feel free to register your view in the poll below.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Roker Report

You must be a member of Roker Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Roker Report. You should read them.

Join Roker Report

You must be a member of Roker Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Roker Report. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker