Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill refuses to write off Wes Brown.
The injury-plagued defender has just returned to training.
â€śHe is back training with us, but he doesnâ€™t train every Âday in case his knee starts to swell up again,â€ť said Oâ€™Neill.
â€śWes is desperately trying to do a couple of successive weeksâ€™ work without taking any break, but so far he has been unable to do that.
â€śHe has been training more often and consistently than he has at any other time in the last 13 months, though.
â€śHe wouldnâ€™t be in any position to start a game in the Âforeseeable future, though.
â€śOnce we get to the end of the season, it will give him a chance then, if he is still OK, of having a proper pre-season and then who knows.
â€śItâ€™s just a case of treading carefully with him, but there are some encouraging signs.â€ť