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By ESPN Staff
Feb 25, 2009

Cisse likely to be able to make Anfield return

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia is keeping his fingers crossed that striker Djibril Cisse will be fit for next week's tough trip to Liverpool. The Black Cats head for Anfield on Tuesday evening defending a four-game unbeaten run in the Premier League which has lifted them eight points clear of the drop zone.

With no fixture this weekend because of Tottenham's involvement in the Carling Cup final, they are currently away on a warm-weather training camp in Jerez, Spain, where Cisse has been working his way back to fitness.

The 27-year-old Frenchman missed Saturday's creditable 0-0 draw at Arsenal with an ankle injury he picked up in training, but Sbragia has revealed he is making progress.

Speaking from Spain, the manager told the club's official website: "It looks like Djib will be okay.

"We won't take any risks, but he has done some running and he was fine."

This weekend's break has come at an opportune moment for the Wearsiders with Cisse's strike partner Kenwyne Jones also on the treatment table.

The 24-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international limped off at the Emirates Stadium with a knee problem.

Sbragia said: "Kenwyne has not trained since the game. We are nursing him through. We will have to see how he is later in the week."

Midfielders Steed Malbranque and Teemu Tainio have also missed training in Spain with knocks from the Arsenal game, but they are expected to make the trip to Liverpool.

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