Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio is delighted to have Wes Brown fully fit for preseason.
Di Canio says the experience of the former Manchester United player will be important as his much-changed squad settle.
He said: “Wes was a very good player already, but he didn’t have a very good season last year. This year he decided to push harder because he is a really good professional.
“Thanks to him and thanks to my staff he has the chance to come back. He is an important footballer for me and I am very glad to have him back in the squad.
“He still has to improve because it is only the first friendly game, but with his experience he can have a big part in my squad I hope.”