Striker Fabio Borini insists he is determined to force his way into Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce’s first-team plans on a regular basis.
The former Liverpool forward has been hampered by injury in the early part of the Premier League season, but the international break has given him the chance to work on his fitness.
Now in his second spell at the Stadium of Light following an earlier loan deal from the Reds, Borini is trying to establish himself after failing to make the grade at Anfield.
“I always try to be in the side. I was out because I was injured for two weeks,” he said. “I didn’t play for two weeks, only trained three times with the team.
“Every football side is the same, it is normal. I will work hard to play every week because I came here to do so. I feel good now.”
Allardyce’s men are not back in action until Monday after the break for internationals, with the Black Cats heading to south London for a Premier League clash with Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.
The Blacks Cats go into the fixture in 19th place in the table and four points from safety, while Palace are 13 points better off in 11th spot and will be in confident mood after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in their last game.