Sunderland forward Fabio Borini has welcomed Jan Kirchhoff back from injury, saying that the German midfielder is "the kind of player we have missed in midfield".
Kirchhoff's return a rare positive in the run-in
The Black Cats currently lie bottom of the Premier League and are six points away from 17th placed Crystal Palace, with a home game against Burnley their next fixture.
The news of Kirchoff's return to training is a rare positive in Sunderland's season and the former Bayern Munich man competed just over an hour for the club's U23s last week against Manchester United.
Borini remains hopeful of survival, and told the club's official website that he hopes Kirchhoff "can have a similar impact as he did last season because Jan is a big guy."
The Italian went on to say that Kirchhoff "is clever on the ball" and added that the 26-year-old "can do both transitions – offensive and defensive – in a very...