Nigerian star explains early return from injury


Anichebe celebrates goal with Sunderland mates

Nigerian star, Victor Anichebe has explained why he returned early from injury to feature for Sunderland against Manchester United.

The 28-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in January during the 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion and stayed off the pitch for seven weeks.

''I love it here, before I got injured I felt great, performances were good, someone was saying that outside Hazard I was one of the highest ranked attackers in the league, so I’ve enjoyed it,'' Anichebe told Sunderland Echo.

“The fans have been great to me, it is a really great club, so whenever I go out there I try as hard as I can.

''This injury was meant to keep me out for 12/13 weeks but I came back after nine, because I wanted to help the team because I know I can with the different style I bring.

''It’s a great club, great stadium, great training facilities, great fanbase, it’s a shame we are where we are.”

Sunderland are struggling with relegation with just 21 points from 32 matches.

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