Sunderland's Josh Maja closing in on return to full fitness

General view outside the stadium during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

18-year-old Sunderland prospect hopeful of breaking into first-team.

Josh Maja of Sunderland is tackled by Marvin Bartley and Lewis Stevenson of Hibernian during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in...

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.

Josh Maja of Sunderland (C) is tackled by Beni Baningime (L) and Harry Charley (R) of Everton during  the Premier League 2 match between Sunderland and Everton at the Hetton Centre  on...

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.

General view inside the stadium prior the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on March 5, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

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.

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