Phil Bardsley's Sunderland exile is over after he apologised for mocking the club's opening day defeat by Fulham.
The 28-year-old full-back was suspended by the Black Cats over a comment posted on the social media site Instagram after the 1-0 defeat which read: "Great opening day. Hahahhahaha hahahhaha!!!".
But Bardsley, who is currently recovering from a broken foot, has now apologised and his ban has been lifted.
He said in a statement:
However, Scotland international Bardsley's return to the fold does not necessarily mean he will have a place in manager Paolo Di Canio's plans once he has regained fitness.
The defender was made to train with the club's Under-21s during the summer after being photographed at a casino in May, and a proposed move to Fulham collapsed when his injury struck.