Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has revealed he will not rush his injured players back to plug any gaps.
Sunderland have had a lot of injuries of late and the team have done well to continue in their quest for European qualification with so many key names out.
Bruce is expecting Frazier Campbell, Lee Catermole and Michael Turner back from injury in the next few weeks, after losing them for long periods during the season.
Former Manchester United player Bruce is used to qualifying for Europe from his United days, but will not rush his players back because he fears losing them again if they aren’t properly fit.
“It is a little bit too soon at the moment,” he told the Sunderland website.
“We’re delighted to see Fraizer, Michael and Lee in and around the training ground.
“If you look at pre-season, we have six weeks off and then six weeks of intensive training plus six or seven friendly games.
“That tells you when someone has been out for six weeks, two months – it’s difficult to come back straight away.
“We can’t rush them back, which would be easy to do. They’ve been out for a long time.”
Bruce expects to be able to recall Jack Colback who has been out with a slight muscle strain, and hopes Danny Welbeck will be fit for Saturdays trip to Goodison Park to play Everton.