Sunderland’s inspirational midfielder Sebastian Larsson is hoping he can help rescue the club from relegation this season.
The influential star has been out of the side for the past three months due to injury problems but returned at the weekend from the bench, and has followed that up with a full 90 minutes for the Under-21s.
Last year’s player of the season suffered knee ligament damage which turned out to be worst than at first feared although he is now back and hoping to make a difference.
Larsson told the Echo: “It was one of those ligament injuries which didn’t look as bad straightaway.
“But once I went to see different people, we realised that it was a bit worse than we were hoping for. Of course you always hope to be back a bit quicker, but it wasn’t to be.
“It was my first real injury of my career, so it’s not nice sitting on the side watching the team. But I suppose I’ve had a winter break for the first time ever! Hopefully I’ll be refreshed and energised for the run-in.”