Poyet pessimistic over Fletcher

  • Last Updated: April 11 2014, 15:44 BST

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has all but admitted defeat in his efforts to get striker Steven Fletcher fit for the Barclays Premier League run-in.

Steven Fletcher: Set to miss the rest of the season
Steven Fletcher: Set to miss the rest of the season

The 27-year-old Scotland international has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, but Poyet did hope to have him back available for the final few games of the club's fight for top-flight survival.

However, after weeks on the sidelines, the prospect of the £12million man being able to make an impact during the final month of the campaign looks remote.

Poyet said: "He's still injured and I don't think he is going to be a possibility now.

"I have been changing my mind about that because we were trying to push it, but we need to be realistic as well."

Fletcher has not featured since limping off at half-time against Crystal Palace on March 15, and Sunderland have lost each of the games they have played since.

The Scot, who was leading scorer last season, has managed just three goals to date during the current campaign.

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