Paolo Di Canio pleased with Steven Fletcher's progress

Steven Fletcher: Has been out injured since March

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Paolo Di Canio is confident Sunderland's Steven Fletcher will soon be back in action but admits he will not be rushing him back into first-team action.

Fletcher has not played since March after damaging ankle ligaments whilst on international duty with Scotland but has undertaken an intensive rehabilitation over the summer.

"His improvement has surprised everybody - we are happy, but more importantly he is happy and excited," the Sunderland manager said.

"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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