Carlos Cuellar: 'I'm fit enough for Sunderland return'

Carlos Cuellar celebrates with Sunderland teammates after scoring on November 18, 2012
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Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar has insisted that he is "feeling fit" after two months out with an hamstring injury.

Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar has admitted that he is happy to just be back in contention for a recall to his side's starting lineup.

Cuellar missed two months of action with a hamstring problem, but he has featured on the bench for the Black Cats' last three matches.

The former Aston Villa centre-back is hoping that he will start a match for the club in the near future, but he has acknowledged that he faces competition to regain his place.

The 31-year-old told Chronicle Live: " I understand the manager has a tough decision to make when it comes to centre-halves because it is the one area of the squad where he has plenty of options and I have no problem with that.

"As well as John and Titus and myself, there is also Kader Mangane and Matt Kilgallon but I don't mind the competition for places, I am just glad to be back.

"I am feeling good, feeling fit and for the last few games, I have been happy just to be back on the bench and ready to be called on if needed."

The Spanish defender signed for Sunderland last summer.

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