Keane unsure over strike duo

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Sunderland boss Roy Keane is not allowing himself to get too excited about the prospect of unleashing Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones as a partnership in the Barclays Premier League.

Jones is back in training after suffering knee ligament damage on international duty against England in June, and has an outside chance of making next weekend's Wear-Tyne derby clash with Newcastle.

But the Irishman said: "I am not really excited yet. I will be pleased when Kenwyne is back in the first-team fold. I suppose punters out there or media will automatically think it's a dream partnership, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way."

He added: "We believe when Kenwyne is fit and with our other strikers, they can be a handful.

"Sometimes you are only as good as your goalscorers. You see that with a lot of teams, you see that with a lot of international teams.

"If you have got somebody capable of putting the ball in the back of the net, my God, it makes a hell of a difference to you.

"But again, we all have to be patient. Kenwyne has been out for a long time. We can't expect him to come back and hit the ground running.

"But we have got a busy time ahead and if he is available for us, like young Martyn Waghorn, those two lads have got a good chance of being involved over the next few months.

"But it might need two or three reserve games for them."

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