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David Healy looks for lift off against Fulham

last updated Tuesday 14th October 2008, 10:51 AM
David Healy
David Healy
One Sunderland player who would have ringed the Fulham fixture early on would be David Healy.

He scored an absolutely cracking goal the last time the two teams met and he will have been looking forward to his return, as would be another ex-Fulham player, Steed Malbranque.

Malbranque of course has been arguably Sunderland's most consistent player, while Healy has barely had a sniff.

It has been hard for Healy because when you move to a new club you want to be out there and involved all the time.

The last thing you want is to be just sitting on the bench or not even featuring at all. But he shouldn't be too discouraged.

He's a Premiership striker and a player with an impeccable international record and his time will come.

There's competition for places that will only increase when Kenwyne Jones returns to full fitness but  every player should get his chance this season – it's a long campaign and injuries do happen.

Healy will be desperate to play in this weekend's game against his former club.

And, who knows, if he gets the nod at some stage, this could be where his Sunderland career reaches lift-off.

Source Gary Rowell at Sunderland Echo
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