Injury progress pleases Sunderland defender Michael Turner

Michael Turner
Turner (left) has shown no ill effects since returning from a serious knee injury

Sunderland defender Michael Turner says he is edging closer to full match fitness after last month's comeback from a serious knee injury.

Turner, 28, played only five games in 11 months after the injury at home to Everton last season, but has been ever-present since his October return.

"With the games I've put in the bank I've been feeling better and better," Turner told BBC Newcastle.

"I was out for a long time and it's been a long road back."

He added: "But with more games I'm showing the form that encouraged the club to sign me."

The former Brentford and Hull City centre-half's first game back was a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light with West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland making progress - Turner

Meanwhile the absence of Titus Bramble in the Wearsiders first-team has seen Turner playing with ex-England man Wes Brown at the heart of the back-four.

Brown was a summer arrival from Manchester United and has played in every game for Steve Bruce's side so far this campaign.

"We've formed a good partnership," Turner said.

"It's getting better and better, we have a good understanding on the pitch, we know when to talk and when to just do the job.

"I'm enjoying playing alongside Wes with everything he's achieved, and he's a good addition to the squad."

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