Jack Rodwell has told the Sunderland Echo that he has finally reached full fitness, after what has been an injury-hit first year at the Stadium of Light.
Rodwell's addition at Sunderland generated great excitement around the club over the summer, but he has failed to live up to expectations.
Persistent problems have kept him on the treatment table and blocked his progress, but Rodwell says that he is back to full health now.
“I feel fit," he said. "I got the 90 minutes under my belt at Hull which helped. It will be good for me now if I can finish the season strong. There’s 10 games left and hopefully I can be fit for all 10 of them."
Rodwell's return to fitness could hardly have come at a better point of the season, as it is about to reach its climax.
With Sunderland having 10 games remaining to secure their Premier League safety, they know that their form will have to be good and Rodwell will be central to this.
The England international is a different sort of option to the other players in their squad and his power in the middle of the pitch could be crucial.
Rodwell scored in his last appearance for Sunderland, during their 1-1 draw with Hull City, and he will be hoping that he can have a similar impact when they take on Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light this weekend.