Poyet's injury update

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by Stuart Vose

Boss's assessment ahead of trip to West Brom.

Gus Poyet is hoping to have an almost fully fit squad to choose from when Sunderland open the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League season at West Brom this weekend.

Poyet has revealed that Billy Jones and Emanuele Giaccherini are the only current absentees, with the former close to a return ahead of the clash with his former club.

Giaccherini, meanwhile, is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the pre-season friendly against Real Betis.

Speaking at the Barclays Premier League launch in London this morning, Poyet revealed: “Billy is very close, touch and go, so there's a big decision to make in terms of when he's going to be ready to play.

“Giaccherini is going to be a few weeks. It's nothing really serious. If we talk about serious injuries in football, you're talking a few months? Not at at all. It's just tightness, a stretch.”