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Fletcher fit for Sunderland

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Leicester despite returning early from international duty.

The 27-year-old Scotland international returned to Wearside after undergoing a scan on the ankle he damaged in Friday night's 1-0 Euro 2016 victory over the Republic of Ireland, and was therefore unavailable for the 3-1 friendly defeat by England four days later.

Steven is okay - it was not nice at all watching the game and seeing Fletch coming off.

Naturally as human beings, we always think the worst, but we got in contact straight away with him and the Scottish medical staff, who were very good.

They sent him back to us and we have done everything possible, so I will say I am 100 per cent sure he will play on Saturday.

– Gus Poyet

Black Cats fined £20,000

Sunderland were angered over the award of a penalty. Credit: PA

Sunderland have been fined £20,000 after admitting an FA misconduct charge arising from their game against Everton earlier this month.

The Black Cats were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Sunderland players were incensed by referee Lee Mason's decision to give a penalty to the Toffees in the 76th minute after Connor Wickham brought down Seamus Coleman in the box.

Sunderland striker joins Wolves on loan

Danny Graham has joined Wolves on loan until the end of the year. Credit: PA

Wolves have signed Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan until the end of the year.

The 29-year-old has moved to Molineux after playing just once for the Black Cats this season.

He will stay with Wolves until December 31 and will link up with his new club on Monday.

Graham told the Sky Bet Championship club's official website: "Wolves is a good club which has done very well over the last year and this is a good opportunity for me to try and play some regular football and get back to scoring goals."

Graham, who has not scored for the Black Cats in 14 games since a £5million move from Swansea in January 2013, went on loan to Hull and first club Middlesbrough last season.


Sunderland need stability - Poyet

Gus Poyet has admitted Sunderland cannot afford to rebuild their team every summer if they are to secure the stability they crave.

The Black Cats head coach presided over yet another major overhaul of the squad last summer after pulling off an unlikely escape act from the jaws of relegation.

I'll tell you one instance that you probably don't know: eight players from the Arsenal starting line-up last year are here, they are in Arsenal's squad; seven players from Sunderland's starting XI last year here are not even at Sunderland.

That shows you there is an advantage for people who have a squad that is together and you add quality and what you are missing, and another team where you start from zero every single year, and every year you need to see if you have got the characters, if you have got the quantity, if you have got the quality, if they understand the game, if they can defend as a team, if you are going to play long or short or passing...

It's a little bit of a disadvantage without being an excuse, but we need to make sure that we don't do it any more. We don't want to start next year again from zero and another seven players in the starting XI.

– Gus Poyet
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