Sunderland boss Bruce hopeful of Fraizer Campbell return

Fraizer Campbell
Campbell has made just four league appearances in the last 15 months

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says striker Fraizer Campbell is close to a return to action after a long-term cruciate ligament injury.

Campbell suffered the initial injury in August 2010 against Manchester City, his last first-team appearance, but has returned to training on Wearside.

The 24-year-old made a reserve team return in March but was ruled out for a further six months after a recurrence.

"We hope he can play in a game in the next 10 days or so," Bruce said.

He added: "At the moment he looks remarkably good for somebody who has been out for the best part of a couple of seasons.

"Let's hope we can get Fraizer Campbell up and ready, that would be a massive boost to everybody.

"He has been out that long, we have forgotten what a very good player we have lost over the last few months."

Huddersfield-born Campbell joined the club from Manchester United for a fee of £3.5m in the summer of 2009, following loan spells at Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur.

His first campaign at the Stadium of Light resulted in seven goals in 36 games, although injury limited the England under-21 international to just four starts last term.

"He has been out for the best part of two seasons, which has been tough for him.

"The way he has trained and the way he has played, his infectious enthusiasm around the training ground, is a joy to watch for somebody who has been badly injured like he has.

"He will give the whole team and the whole club a lift if he can get back to playing the way he was."

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