Date: 11th October 2017 at 7:13pm
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Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has given an update on Josh Maja and Lewis Grabban this week.

With football returning this weekend to the Championship, Grayson said that Maja was now on the horizon of a return to action following the knee surgery he underwent earlier in the season after his pre season impact, and that Grabban was expected to return to training ‘very soon.’

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media, Grayson said of 18 year old Maja.

‘Josh is back training with us now. It was a big blow for the lad, he’d waited patiently for his opportunity, worked hard in pre-season, looked very good, strong and powerful. It was a big blow for us a team when we looking short at the top end of the pitch and for him as a person. When he`s back there`ll be great competition, I`ll be able to look at my bench and have players who I can say, go and change the game. The competition for places should really come to the fore now, with players pushing each other.’

As for Grabban, he went on to say about his month out.

‘Lewis is working well with the physios. It`s a procedure we`re going through. We don`t rush any player back so we have them for the long, not the short-term, but he`s making good progress and I`m sure he`ll be back in a red-and-white shirt very soon.’

Another boost on the injury front is Paddy McNair who made a goalscoring return to the Under 23s on Tuesday evening.

Like Duncan Watmore, he got the opening 45 minutes under his belt in the game and the 22 year old was delighted to be out on the pitch again following his lengthy lay off.

‘It`s been a long ten months so to get over the white line again was really good. Playing football is what I love to do and when it`s taken away from you it`s not nice, so it`s great to be back.’

Adding.

‘It was even better to get a goal because everyone likes scoring and now I just want to get back and help the team. The Stadium of Light is a great place to play so hopefully in a few weeks I`m back playing in front of a full house with the first team.’

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