Sunderland fans react to Paddy McNair goal

Paddy McNair of Sunderland is helped to his feet by the club physio after sustaining an injury during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Hull City at Stadium of Light on...

Paddy McNair was in action for Sunderland's Under-23 side last night.

Paddy McNair of Sunderland is helped to his feet by the club physio after sustaining an injury during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Hull City at Stadium of Light on...

Paddy McNair announced his return to action for Sunderland in style last night.

The former Manchester United man started and scored as Sunderland Under-23s beat Hertha Berlin 2-0 in what was his first game in almost a year.

The 22-year-old had been out of action since November of last year following ankle ligament damage, but McNair, starting in defensive midfield, looks like he's finally on the mend and a return to first-team duties will be on his mind now.

Sunderland player Paddy McNair in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

The Black Cats paid £5.5 million to sign him and Donald Love from the Red Devils in August 2016, and fans of the Wearside club are looking forward to seeing him back in more pressing matters.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson in action during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

McNair's return is a huge boost because Sunderland need all the help they can get.

Simon Grayson's side sit 23rd in the Championship following a horrendous start to life in the Championship this season, but there were encouraging signs in the 2-2 draw at Preston before the international break.

Can they build on that promising performance in Saturday's clash with QPR? Time will tell.

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