Sunderland defender Michael Turner is hoping to put his injury hell behind him, having featured for the Black Cast for the first time this season against West Bromwich Albion.

After colliding with the post against Everton last November, Turner has featured just five times for the club, with his full return coming in the draw against The Baggies.

And now fully fit, Turner is hoping to move on from last season's disappointment.

"I'm just delighted to be back in contention and being involved with the lads again," Turner said.

"The injury was my first big one in my career, which was a whole new experience for me. I had to learn to deal with the situation and fight to get back.

"Injuries are part of football and it takes time to come back - it was a frustrating time and now I'm looking to move on."

 

"The medical staff have been top class. Some days you're more upbeat than others but they do a great job keeping your spirits high and doing different sessions to refresh things.

"They have all been superb with me as well as the other boys who are recovering or have recovered from long-term injuries."

"It's just a massive buzz to be back playing at the Stadium of Light after such a long time," he added.

"It was a tough first five minutes. We gave a goal away at a set piece which is always disappointing, and then to concede again straight away was a bit demoralising.

"But after that we showed what we're about because we were massively up against it. West Brom were 2-0 ahead and our fans weren't very happy with us, but we managed to pull level and could have gone on to win the game."

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