Paolo Di Canio: 'Steven Fletcher still not fully fit'

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio reveals that striker Steven Fletcher will not be fully fit for another two or three weeks.

Paolo Di Canio has revealed that Steven Fletcher is a fortnight from being fully fit.

The Scottish striker made his return to action with Sunderland before the international break, scoring in the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

The manager told the Shields Gazette: "He's worked so hard, but he gets tired, although that's normal. In the last few days, we've reduced intensity and made the sessions more technical and tactical.

"He's OK. But it's obvious for him that it will take him another two or three weeks to see him fully fit. In the last two weeks, he's been full time, a real full-time player in training with high intensity.

"But even if he can give us 100% for 45 minutes, or 80% for 65 minutes, it could be crucial."

Sunderland host Arsenal this afternoon.

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio prior to kick-off in the match against Southampton on August 24, 2013
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