Report: Double fitness boost for Sunderland ahead of West Brom clash

Lee Cattermole

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet could welcome back two key players to his squad for the game against West Brom.

The Northern Echo reports that Sunderland have been handed a double fitness boost ahead of the Premier League clash against West Brom.

The Black Cats might have key duo Lee Cattermole and Anthony Reveillere available for the game, which gives Gus Poyet more options in important areas of the team.

However, the boss is sweating over the fitness of Jermain Defoe, with the paper claiming that the striker is struggling with a calf problem.

Sunderland should be very determined to react well to the defeat against Bradford in the FA Cup and put three points on the board, which will push them further away from the relegation places in the Premier League.

Poyet has to be careful over how he uses any returning players because the temptation could be to throw them into the team before they are ready to start.

Cattermole is one of the most aggressive holding midfielders in the game and will certainly give the Black Cats an increased presence through the middle, but they have to be careful against a West Brom side fresh off of a thrashing they dished out to West Ham.

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