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Sunderland boss Bruce: Cattermole well ahead of schedule

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce expects midfielder Lee Cattermole to be available before Christmas.

Cattermole has been out of action since being stretchered off during the 1-0 win over Liverpool last month.

A specialist uncovered knee ligament damage and a long lay-off was expected - but the former Wigan man has surprised everyone with the speed of his recovery.

Bruce told safc.com: "Lee has a smile on his face - he's out of his cast after four or five weeks and is working ever so hard in the gym.

"We're hoping he'll be back before the turn of the year."

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