Sunderland No2 Black: Turner return critical for us
Turner had been sidelined with a knee problem and made 16 appearances last season but is now back to full fitness.
"I thought Michael did very well under the circumstances," Black revealed to safc.com.
Having been out for so long and bearing in mind Michael's size, it can take him a little bit of time to get over things.
"He's been unbelievably diligent in the gym, doing everything that's been asked of him.
"Michael deserves his place in the team and it was great to see him back. He brings a strong mentality and toughness to our back four."