Not seen since January, Sunderland star Will Buckley is desperate for role in survival fight

Sunderland's Will Buckley has spoken of his desire to play a part after returning from injury.

Sunderland winger Will Buckley has told the club's official website of his desire to break back into the team before the end of the season.

Buckley has not played for Sunderland since January after picking up an injury, but he is close to making a comeback now and wants his spot in their first-team back.

The 25-year-old says that he is working hard to get back to full fitness and, after seeing his side beat Newcastle United at the weekend, wants to play his part in their survival fight.

“Everyone is working hard and I just want to get back in the mix now," he said. “We just need to keep this run going now because after the last derby win we didn’t do that, so this time we need to keep our foot on the gas.”

Buckley has failed to make much of an impact at the Stadium of Light since arriving from Brighton and Hove Albion last summer, but he will be hoping to prove his class between now and the end of the season.

The rapid winger is blessed with pace and an ability to take on defenders and his attacking threat could be most welcome as Sunderland look to collect enough points to see them to safety.

The Wearsiders have been desperately off form this campaign, but the appointment of Dick Advocaat has improved their performances already and the hope will be that they can build on their win over Newcastle in their most recent fixture.

At the moment Sunderland are just three points above the relegation zone and they will need to ensure that they maintain their current standards if they are to preserve their advantage over the bottom three.

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