AIDEN McGEADY is back in full training and should be available for Sunderland’s weekend trip to Gillingham.

McGeady missed the defeat at Portsmouth that preceded the international break because of an injury to his ankle.

However, the problem has receded during the last two weeks, and while Sunderland’s medical staff continue to monitor the Irishman closely, he should be able to feature in the starting line-up at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland assistant Jamie McAllister, who was standing in for Lee Johnson at today’s press conference, said: “Aiden’s trained today and he’s coming along nicely.

“We’re just monitoring him. He’s been doing a lot of work in the last ten days. He still feels it a little bit every now and then with certain movements, so we’ll monitor that over the next 48 hours and see how he is come the weekend.”

Sunderland’s international players have returned to the fold without any serious problems, although Leon Dajaku is a doubt for Saturday’s game.

McAllister added: “All the lads trained this morning, so everyone’s back and everyone’s fit with no injuries, which was positive.

“The only maybe is Dajaku – we’re just monitoring him at the moment and we’ll see how that goes over the next day or two.”