Antony Reveillere has been speaking about returning to fitness ahead of Sunderland's FA Cup tie this weekend.
The 35-year-old has missed the Blac Cats’ last seven matches having previously played every single minute of the seven directly before that.
However, an Achilles injury has seen him spend a sustained spell on the side-lines and he is now looking to make up for lost time.
Despite his age, Reveillere has been a wonderful addition to Gus Poyet’s side, his performances belying his 35 years, but he now has the challenge of fighting his way back into the side.
Sunderland take on Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup this afternoon, and it will be interesting to see which starting XI Poyet opts for in a competition they will have ambitions of excelling in.
Reveillere played six of his seven matches for Sunderland to date as a left-back following Patrick van Aanholt’s injury, but he has made it clear where he prefers to play if he has the choice.
“Yes, it’s my position,” the Frenchman said when asked about being a right-back.
“I feel like I can contribute more than in terms of both attacking and defending. I can play with my left foot but I’m stronger on my right.”
The experienced defender is only on a short-term contract at Sunderland, but he has already shown he is more than up to the task and do not be surprised if he forces his way back into the starting XI sooner rather than later.