Anichebe: I came back early to help Sunderland

Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe has revealed that he came back from injury prematurely to help the club fight for their Premier League status.

The Nigeria international suffered a cruciate ligament injury against West Brom on January 21 and was only expected to return three months later.

However, Anichebe came back a few weeks early to try and help the Black Cats stave off relegation because of his love for the club and the fans.

“I love it here, before I got injured I felt great, performances were good, someone was saying that outside Eden Hazard I was one of the highest ranked attackers in the league, so I’ve enjoyed it," he said, according to the Northern 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 latest 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.”

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