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Sunderland boss positive over Aiden McGeady’s fitness

Having played through the pain during last season’s run-in and underwent surgery, Aiden McGeady has had a tough time of it recently on the injury front.

The Sunderland winger fractured a bone in his foot against Accrington Stanley but continued playing.

Following the end of the season, he went under the knife in a bid to correct the problem.

Although his training has been limited in Portugal where the Black Cats are in camp, manager Jack Ross is optimistic that the problems are now behind the star man.

“Aiden has got an outside chance of playing a little bit of our next game at the end,” Ross said ahead of Sunderland’s third pre-season fixture.

“He is getting more training in here than we imagined he would so that has been a positive so far.

“He looks good and feels good and we’ll see how the next week goes but we are certainly ahead of the schedule we imagined.”

Last week, the former Spartak Moscow man put pen to paper on a new deal at the Stadium of Light, tying him to the club until 2021.