Sunderland’s Fletcher will not be rushed back, says Di Canio

Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio has said that he will not rush injured striker Steven Fletcher back, despite the Scot’s desire to return to action immediately, the Guardian.

The Black Cats have often struggled in attack with Fletcher the only regular source of goals last season, with 11 goals in 28 Premier League appearances last season before he sustained a serious ankle injury. Despite having several attempts, Sunderland failed to score in their opening Premier League game on Saturday, as they lost 1-0 to Fulham.

And although Di Canio is short of striking options, he will not bring Fletcher back into the fold until he is fully fit. He said: “If it depends on Steven, he can play now. He says ‘I can score; I can score; every game I can score now.

I can understand him but we have to be sensible, we have to be intelligent. In my opinion it’s better to take another week after a few months out. Too accelerate him too much now would be very, very stupid. I tell him it’s for you, it’s for us.

American Jozy Altidore is the only striker signed by Di Canio this summer so far, with Danny Graham having been allowed to join Hull City on a season-long loan.

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