Tuesday 21 February 2017

O’Neill set to recall on-loan Meyler as injuries mount up for Black Cats

Published 19/12/2012 | 05:00

IRELAND midfielder David Meyler is expected to return to relegation-threatened Sunderland ahead of the Christmas programme of games, having spent the last month on loan at Hull City.

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Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill has spoken to Hull boss Steve Bruce about bringing the 23-year-old back to the Stadium of Light as he deals with a shortage of midfielders.

Injuries to captain Lee Cattermole and defender Phil Bardsley means that the ex-Northern Irish international needs more options and he described bringing Meyler back as a "certainty."

"I'm thinking about recalling David Meyler for our Christmas programme," O'Neill said.

"In fact, that looks like being a certainty. I've spoken to Steve Bruce about it and he understands the situation.

"He knows we're having a look at it and he appreciates the position," the former Celtic boss added.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are reported to be considering making a bid to sign Ireland winger Robbie Brady, who is currenly on-loan from Manchester United.

The 20-year-old is in impressive form for the promotion-chasing Championship club, who would have to pay an initial £2m for his services.

Brady is due to return to Old Trafford next month.

Irish Independent

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