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Without a goal in nearly two months, the manager is hoping the return of Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell, alongside Asamoah Gyan, will help propel the club to safety

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is hopeful that the return of Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell return from injury will spark a revival for his struggling side.

Welbeck - on loan from Manchester United - has recently returned from a knee injury and Bruce hinted that he may be willing to ditch his side’s 4-5-1 formation now that he has more options available to him.

He told his club’s official website: “There will be a very different slant on things.

“We have worked on the basics all week as a team. With the losses we have had, we have had to play one up front and play some different systems.

“Now we have a few bodies back we can revert to type, a 'Steve Bruce' team if you like, similar to the Sunderland we saw in previous months.

“That's the biggest thing I have now, competition. Danny Welbeck is fit, he adds competition to Gyan - that's what a strong, healthy squad is all about.

“Unfortunately for us over the last few weeks, we have been missing that, I haven't really had that to freshen it up when probably we needed to.

“Players coming back give us a different option.”

Bruce, however, is less optimistic about a return for Fraizer Campbell, who has missed most of the season because of a knee injury.

He added: “We will know more on Friday about Fraizer. We are hopeful he could be okay, though not for the weekend.”

Sunderland go into Saturday’s match against West Brom in 12th position, six points off the drop zone after suffering a 5-0 thumping at Manchester City at the weekend, and losing 2-0 at home to Liverpool the match before.

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