Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce provides injury update

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Sunderland are almost back to full strength with regards to injuries.

Sam Allardyce says Younes Kaboul and Seb Larsson will be back in action as soon as the duo step up their recovery process following lengthy injuries, the Sunderland Echo report.

Talking to reporters following his side’s draw with Bournemouth, Allardyce feels their recent FA Cup exit could be a blessing as they look to carry on with their league action with a full squad to choose from.

"From our point of view we now have a week to get the lads back fully fit and we haven't picked up too many injuries, which is a blessing," he explained.

"The squad is pretty fit and Younes Kaboul will be back soon, Seb Larsson too. I will probably be busy in the market until when the window shuts."

Kaboul has been struggling with a hamstring injury, whereas Larsson’s setback was a little more serious, succumbing to medial knee ligament damage and initially being ruled out for months.

The duo are scheduled to return at the beginning of next month, giving the Black Cats plenty of time to monitor their progress ahead of the home clash with Manchester City on February 2nd.

Kaboul in particular has been a big miss, prompting Allardyce to reshuffle his defence and rely on the aging duo of Wes Brown and John O’Shea.

With the club deep in the relegation mire, it was important for the Wearside outfit not to lose ground on their rivals and drawing at home to Bournemouth - while not particularly ideal - wasn’t too bad either.

Sunderland now have a run of tough games against Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham United before entering the so-called business end of the season.

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