Sunderland gaffer Simon Grayson is pleased with the fact that his squad will be boosted by the return of a few players who have been nursing some long-term injuries.

With the Black Cats currently sitting in the 23rd position of the Championship table, Grayson will be banking on the new additions to turn their fortunes around.

One of the players who will be fit for the first-team action soon is former Manchester United player, Paddy McNair. The 22-year-old has been out of action since last November when he ruptured his cruciate ligament in a Premier League match against Hull City.

Grayson suggested that the Ireland international nearing complete fitness and in order to test himself, McNair will be part of the Under-23 squad of Sunderland which will be facing Hertha Berlin soon in the Premier League International Cup.

McNair has been unlucky with his injury as the player was due to return to action at the start of the new season. But a setback early on in July meant that he his recuperation had to take more time and that has stretched on to October now.

Grayson would not mind his return at all. The Sunderland gaffer has not been able to guide Sunderland to the top of the Championship and they are in for a relegation battle yet again.

Last season, the Black Cat got relegated from the Premier League and the story does not seem to be too different this time around as well.

Grayson will have the liberty of using McNair in various positions on the pitch due to the Northern Irish’s versatility.

The manager mentioned that McNair can be deployed as a midfielder and a defender in the game according to the team’s needs in different games. McNair played at right back for United but sees himself as a midfielder personally.