Fabion Borini believes the international break has come at the right time for him – so he can hit the ground running on his second coming as a Sunderland player.
Borini returned to the Stadium of Light after completing a £8million move from Liverpool on Monday.
The Italian international will have to wait for his second debut at the club, however, with the Black Cats not in action until they play Tottenham Hotspur a week on Sunday.
But rather than be frustrated by the delay, Borini believes it will allow him to build up his fitness after he was forced to train away from the first team at Liverpool.
He said: “It’s obviously straight away a tough game but I think it’s good that the international break is now.
“At Liverpool, I’d been training on my own so it’s good for me to get fitness in my legs and my body and be ready for the game.”
Borini returned to Sunderland after spending the 2013-14 campaign on loan at the club where he bagged 10 goals in the process. He quickly became a fan favourite, scoring in the two derby wins over Newcastle as well as putting Sunderland ahead in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley against Manchester City.
And he believes the affection that fans and staff at the Stadium of Light still hold for him will make it easier for him to settle in quickly back on Wearside.
He said: “It’s easier because I’ve changed many clubs and I know when you go to a new club it’s always difficult because you maybe don’t know the people around.
“When I came here to do the medical I saw the physio and the doctor – it’s just a different environment. They’re all happy to see me which makes me proud to be here.”