Sunderland's Whitehead not rushing comeback

Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead isn't rushing his comeback from knee injury.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "It's a question of getting the balance right really. You want to push yourself as much as possible because obviously you are eager to get back as quick as you can.

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"But it is even more important that you don't push yourself too hard and risk a setback.

"At the moment, I'm doing a little bit of light jogging, although I'm nowhere near looking at any sort of ball work.

"I'm managing to keep myself okay fitness-wise - I can do upper body work, swimming and spinning classes - so when I'm ready to return, I don't think fitness will be that much of a problem.

"Progress has been slow, but it is progress and I have just got to do what I'm told to do and hope everything continues to go according to plan."

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