Gus Poyet: 'Steven Fletcher struggling to make full recovery'

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on January 29, 2014
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Sunderland Gus Poyet admits that Steven Fletcher will struggle to return to action before the end of the season.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has hinted that Steven Fletcher may struggle to make an appearance before the end of the season.

The Scottish forward was put out of action after suffering an ankle injury last month, but Poyet admits that the Black Cats are still desperate to use him again in their fight against relegation.

"It's not looking good," the Uruguayan, whose side face Everton on Saturday, told reporters.

"We're trying our best to use him, whether it's possible for one, two or three games.

"I'm certainly not going to give up on Fletch but it's going to be difficult for him."

Sunderland are seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on January 11, 2014
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