Fletcher 'won't be rushed back'

  • Last Updated: August 14 2013, 19:53 BST

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is happy with Steven Fletcher's progress but will not rush the striker back into action.

Steven Fletcher: On the road to recovery
Steven Fletcher: On the road to recovery

Last season's top scorer for the Black Cats, Fletcher has not played since damaging ankle ligaments on Scotland duty in March.

Di Canio told www.safc.com: "His improvement has surprised everybody. We are happy, but more importantly he is happy and excited.

"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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