Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Larsson Ready to Return in Double-Quick Time to Help Sunderland's Cause and End His Suffering on the Sidelines

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Larsson Ready to Return in Double-Quick Time to Help Sunderland's Cause and End His Suffering on the Sidelines

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sports writer james.hunter@trinitymirror.com @JHUNTERCHRON

IF Sunderland are in need of a miracle in their fight against relegation, they could do worse than harness Seb Larsson's powers of recovery.

Larsson was ruled out for six months after undergoing knee ligament surgery in August, and yet the Swede is on the verge of a return in less than half that time.

After six weeks in a knee brace and another six weeks rehabilitation work with the club's medical staff, he returned to full training this week - and is likely to be eased back into first-team action via outings for the U23 side over the next couple of weeks.

Larsson had been fighting a losing battle against the injury for 18 months before going under the knife, but is glad that the problem has finally been solved, and that his recovery is well ahead of schedule.

"It was the medial ligament that needed repairing," said Larsson, who has been out of action since pre-season.

"It was the same injury that I was out with for a while last year, and it is one of those problems that has developed gradually over time.

"I saw a specialist last year and, as you would always try to do, we wanted to see if we could get it right without an operation.

"It got better but then flared up again in pre-season, and in one of the sessions I felt it almost go, so there were not many options left except surgery.

"I have to be honest, though, and say it was something of a relief to have the operation because the injury was something I have been struggling with for about 18 months.

"As long as you don't need the operation, you try to manage it and get by, but you realise that when you are not reaching anywhere near the level you can do, it is frustrating.

"I needed the operation, there was no doubt about that.

"You always have a positive mindset and hope that it might not be as long as the surgeon says, but you also have to realise that it might be that long. …

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