Poyet's injury update

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.”