Fletch working hard on fitness

by Stuart Vose

Striker looking to put injuries behind him.

Steven Fletcher feels his fitness is “getting there” as he looks to get back on the goalscoring trail.

Fletcher missed the start of the season after picking up an ankle injury in March and has also had to contend with shoulder and Achilles problems during the current campaign.

The striker, who is in his second season on Wearside, says he’s working hard to make progress and is hoping to reap the benefits during the final 12 games of 2013-14.

“I’m getting there with my fitness and have been working on it every day,” Fletcher explained. “I just want to get some games now and get back to scoring goals.

“I’ve done a lot of training to build up my fitness like high altitude training, wearing a mask whilst on the bike which was quite tough, to be fair.

“I’ve done that and obviously outdoor training with the lads and hopefully I’ll see the benefits. It’s not the same as playing games, obviously, but it’s been good and I want to keep going now.”

Fletcher made his comeback from injury at Palace last August, scoring with a fine header just after coming on.

The striker’s been keeping tabs on the Eagles and has seen the South London club make progress since the arrival of Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

“They were right at the bottom but have climbed the table and picked up some good results,” he said.

“We know its going to be tough playing against a Tony Pulis side. They will be direct and attacking in the game and we need to be prepared for that.”