Duncan Watmore will reportedly return to action by April after find out he does not need surgery on an ankle injury.
Sunderland have reportedly been handed a boost in their bid to avoid relegation with the news that young star Duncan Watmore could return from an ankle injury before April, according to a report from the Sun.
The 21-year-old has not played since the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the start of February after sustaining ligament damage in the encounter at Anfield.
There were initially fears that Watmore could be ruled out for the rest of the season if the injury was bad enough to require surgery, but the Sun is reporting that the England Under-21 international could return to play a big role in what could be a crucial final few weeks of the campaign.
The winger has been a revelation at the Stadium of Light this season since coming off the bench to score on his Premier League debut in the club's opening home game of the season against Norwich City.
The former Altrincham man has netted three times in 19 appearances in all competitions so far during his breakthrough campaign, as well as graduating from Durham University with a first-class honours degree.
If he is indeed fit to return in a little over a month's time, Watmore could find that he has an even bigger role to play with first-choice winger Adam Johnson having been sacked by the club in the wake of his criminal trial.
Sunderland are currently second bottom of the Premier League table but are now just one point from safety after losing just two of their last seven games.