Allardyce said: “I think he’s alright. It looked serious on the night but he was walking around yesterday without strapping on. There is every chance he’ll be fit for selection on Saturday against Stoke.”
Defoe limped off in the victory over Palace, having scored the vital goal which handed the Black Cats just their second victory of the season, and set them up for a good game against Stoke this weekend.
He capitalised on some sloppy defending by Scott Dann, but the goal was vintage Defoe, and he looked to be up for leading the line in Allardyce’s team.
There were fears that his injury would be serious, and he could be out for a couple of weeks. Immediately after the game many expected the striker to be ruled out of the game against Stoke, but Allardyce has eased these fears.
The manager has admitted that the tackle looked more serious on the night than it actually was, and has clarified that Defoe was moving naturally on Tuesday, without needing his leg strapped up.
Whilst not completely confirming he is fully fit, it would come as no surprise to see Defoe line up for the Black Cats against Stoke this weekend.