Nigerian star explains early return from injury

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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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