David Moyes looks to boost Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe's match fitness

David Moyes is looking to hand Victor Anichebe a start for Sunderland's second string in a bid to boost his match fitness.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 5:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 4:16 pm
Victor Anichebe in action at Stoke CIty. Picture by FRANK REID

The 28-year-old striker is yet to start a game for the first team after arriving on a free this summer.

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.

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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.”

Entry to the game is free for SAFC season card holders on production of their valid 2016-17 season card.

Entry for non-season card holders is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for over 65s and under 16s.