Bramble believes Cattermole will be key player once more.
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble says his captain, Lee Cattermole, will become a key player for the Black Cats in the final three months of the season.
Cattermole made his return to the first team in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal - only his second appearance since late November.
Bramble believes the 24-year-old will become increasingly effective in the next few games as he builds up match fitness.
He said: “The game at the weekend was Catts’ first game back for a while and obviously he was trying his best to get up to match speed.
“It’s frustrating when you’ve been out for a while but he’ll get better with time – we all know what a good player he is.”
Bramble, who has started the last seven games for the Black Cats, told safc.com that having to wait two weeks for another game is frustrating, having taken so many positives from the performance against the Gunners.
“It was one of those games where the ball just wouldn’t go in for us,” he said.
“We’d like another game as soon as possible, we can take a lot of positives from Saturday’s game and we want to take that into the next game.
“People will look back at Reading and Arsenal in a few weeks and just look at the results but we feel we deserved something from both games.”