Sunderland manager Jack Ross has been updating the press on the injury status of attacker Duncan Watmore.
The 24-year-old suffered a second serious knee injury last November and has not played for the Black Cats since.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the Scotsman confirmed that Watmore, who took part in Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Portugal, should be back with the first-team by ‘late September, maybe October’.
Which will no doubt be like a new signing for the Wearside club.
When the powerful and energetic Watmore burst onto the scene at Sunderland in 2015-16 he was one of the shining lights in what was an otherwise disappointing campaign from the Black Cats. His direct and vibrant style of play was exactly what Sunderland needed as they survived relegation to the Championship by just two points from local rivals Newcastle United.
Since then things have just not gone to plan for the attacker.
But he is a player that fans have a lot of time for and, in League One, he has all the attributes to be a star.
His strength and pace will be a major concern for most defenders in the division and Sunderland will no doubt enjoy having him back running the channels and stretching defences.
The former England under-21 international needs some good luck. If he can stay fit this season then Sunderland’s chances of a return to the second-tier will increase almost immediately.