October 28, 2010 | In: Articles
Richardson eyes derby return
Sunderland defender Kieran Richardson has declared himself fit to face Newcastle in this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Richardson has missed his side’s last four games after suffering a hamstring injury in last month’s Carling Cup defeat to West Ham.
The former Manchester United man is champing at the bit to make his return in Sunday’s derby showdown, but admits he faces a battle to get back into the side with Steve Bruce’s outfit unbeaten in the four games in Richardson’s absence.
“It’s good to be back and no better game than the derby to come back,” Richardson told the Sunderland Echo.
“I’ve been up here long enough to know what it means to the Sunderland fans.
“The atmosphere is up there with the best I’ve known in my career so everyone would love to play, but that can’t happen.
“I had hoped to be ready for the Villa game but I got a little niggle and I had another scan.
“It showed there was still a bit of blood in there, so I had to take a few more days out.
“I’m a naturally fit lad and if the gaffer wanted me to play on Sunday, I would.
“But we’ve been looking really hard to beat and it’s up to the manager what he does and whether he wants to change things.”