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Gordon puts hand up for Sunderland return

Craig Gordon says he's available for Sunderland after turning out for the reserves against Aston Villa this week.

The Scot revealed he was suffering from no ill effects post-Villa Park and says he's now ready to push on.

"It was fine; it's just nice to get back playing," he told safc.com. "It was good to be involved, do a lot of kicking and get into match-type situations.

"I needed to get my match fitness up because that's more important than anything you can do on the training ground.

"For a keeper it is all about decision-making - it was good to get back out there."

But will he be ready for Saturday's game against Manchester United? Gordon says that's not his decision.

"I'm fit and ready to go. Whether the manager thinks it's too early for me, that's up to him.

"I feel fine but the manager might decide I need more games before I'm considered for a recall."

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