Injury boost for Sunderland ahead of visit of “fantastic” Watford

Wes Brown and Jermain Defoe should be fit to face Watford on Saturday as Sunderland look to “blunt” Watford’s fine start to the season, according to Sam Allardyce.

Brown has been out injured with a knee issue since the 6-2 defeat at Everton while Defoe missed the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday with a hamstring problem. The return of the England internationals for the visit of the Hornets offsets the continued absence of Seb Larsson and Lee Cattermole who will miss the game at the Stadium of Light.


Sunderland have won three of their six games since Allardyce replaced Dick Advocaat and could climb out of the bottom three with victory on Saturday. However, Watford have three games on the road this season and are second in the Premier League form table.

“If we play to that level we did on Saturday [against Arsenal] we’ve got a great great chance of winning, even though Watford are doing fantastically well,” Allardyce told SAFSee TV.  “They’ve already got 22 points on the board which is a fantastic start to the season for them, one we hopefully will blunt on Saturday.”

Saturday’s clash will witness a Watford reunion with two players who brought plenty of joy to Hornets fans. Adam Johnson lit up Vicarage Road with five goals during an all too brief spell under Aidy Boothroyd in 2007 while Graham scored 41 goals in 98 appearances after signing from Carlisle in 2009.