David Moyes is looking to hand Victor Anichebe a start for Sunderland’s second string in a bid to boost his match fitness.
The 28-year-old striker is yet to start a game for the first team after arriving on a free this summer.
Victor was in the squad at Stoke and got a few minutes near the end. I don’t think he’s ready to startDAVID MOYES
But Anichebe, who came on as a sub in the 2-0 defeat to Stoke City, could start for Sunderland Under-23s tonight against Derby County at the Stadium of Light (7pm kick-off).
The former Everton and West Bromwich Albion striker hasn’t been ready to start a Premier League game after missing pre-season after his release by the Baggies.
With the Sunderland boss currently without nine first-team players through injury, Moyes says he needs as many senior figures as he can call on.
He returned to full training during the recent international break after a groin problem.
Moyes said: “Victor was in the squad at Stoke and got a few minutes near the end.
“I don’t think he’s ready to start.
“Ideally, I’d have probably tried to get him a reserve game first, but I couldn’t do that.
“I needed him at Stoke because he was a senior player and we didn’t have many of those available.”
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