18-year-old Sunderland prospect hopeful of breaking into first-team.
Sunderland striker Josh Maja is closing in on a return to action after recovering from a knee injury and should be given an opportunity to prove himself in the first-team once fully fit.
The 18-year-old has endured a frustrating commencement to the campaign as he first suffered an injury in pre-season before the issue recurred while he was warming up prior to an U23 game against Everton.
A fast and skillful player with a vast amount of potential, Maja is hoping to push for inclusion in Sunderland's first-team soon, as reported by the Sunderland Echo.
Lewis Grabban has impressed leading the line for Sunderland this season, scoring eight goals in the Championship, but the club lack depth with regards to their attacking options and Maja would be the perfect choice to address that issue.
Maja won't be in action when Sunderland U23s face Legia Warsaw in the Premier League International Cup at the Stadium of Light tonight but it is anticipated that it won't be long until he features again.
As an academy player Maja spent time with Fulham and Manchester City prior to making the switch to Sunderland.
Although he has yet to make a league appearance for Sunderland, Maja did make his debut for the club last season as he featured as a substitute in the EFL Cup victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Sunderland have yet to appoint a permanent manager following the dismissal of Simon Grayson but, regardless of who is in charge, Maja will hope that he will soon be able to establish himself as a first-team player.