Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ready to recall Phil Bardsley for their clash with Swansea City.

The Journal says the right-back returned to full training at the start of this week and is available for Gus Poyet's first game in charge at the Liberty Stadium, where the Black Cats desperately need to take points.

Having been rehabilitated in the eyes of Sunderland's management since his casino faux-pas, he is now in serious contention to return to a squad Poyet feels needs more Premier League know-how.

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