Injury will not affect me - Sunderland defender Turner

Michael Turner (l) tackles Robin van Persie
Turner (left) has made two appearances this season following his return from a knee injury

Sunderland defender Michael Turner says there is no mental hangover from the knee injury that has restricted him to just seven appearances in 11 months.

Turner, 27, was injured when he struck a goalpost in a 2-2 draw with Everton last November, and suffered a setback when he returned to duty last season.

"When you're not playing or training you think about the injury," Turner told BBC Newcastle.

"But when you cross that white line you're 100% focused on the football."

He added: "To be honest it's not something I think about that often, it's one of those things that happen in a game.

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"I did what I did to keep the ball out of the goal, and that's what I'd do in every game."

The Lewisham-born centre-back made his comeback in this month's 2-2 home draw against West Bromwich Albion, and kept his place for Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Arsenal.

"It will probably take me a bit of time to get back to where I really want to be, but I've got to get back there quickly," said Turner.

"It's been a new experience for me coming back from a long-term injury, so it's important for me that I play games and get better."

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