Defoe boost for Black Cats

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is expected to be fit for Sunday’s vital derby trip to Newcastle after recovering from a calf strain.

Sunderland: Defoe boost for Black CatsSunderland: Defoe boost for Black Cats

The ex-Tottenham forward picked up the injury during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton on March 5 but the Black Cats have not played since and he was due to resume training with the rest of the squad on Friday.

Lee Cattermole is ready after missing the trip to St Mary’s with concussion while fellow midfielder Jeremain Lens is back in contention following hernia surgery, leaving manager Sam Allardyce without only Emmanuel Eboue (hamstring) and Duncan Watmore (ankle ligaments).

Provisional squad: Mannone, Pickford, Van Aanholt, Yedlin, O’Shea, Jones, Kone, Kaboul, Brown, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Rodwell, Lens, Toivonen, Larsson, Defoe, N’Doye.

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