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The 25-year-old forward was stretchered off during the national team's defeat against Wales after just two minutes and now looks set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has returned to the club after picking up an ankle injury while away with Scotland during their World Cup qualifying clash against Wales.

Martin O'Neill's side currently sit 15th in the Premier League, just four points above the relegation zone with eight games left to play, and Fletcher the club's top goalscorer with 11 goals in all competitions.

Having picked up his 12th international cap for Gordon Strachan's side against Wales on Friday before being stretchered off, Sunderland have confirmed Fletcher has returned to the club amid fears he may require surgery.

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A statement on the club's official website read: "Fletcher is currently being assessed by the club’s medical team and is awaiting scan results to find out the extent of his injury."

Sunderland are without a victory in their last seven league games and host league leaders Manchester United on Saturday before a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea a week later.

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