The Spaniard has been sidelined for the last six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win at West Brom on September 1, a game in which he scored and assisted.
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"It was a shame for me because I felt I put in my best performance so far this season against West Brom, and then I pick up a hamstring problem," Hernandez told the club's official website.
"I've had to miss seven games so it has been a frustrating period. But now I feel stronger and more confident of being available for the Sunderland game.
"This week has been very important for me and hopefully, with a couple of more days training, the manager will see that I am ready for this game.
"It is an important fixture for us because we need to start picking up points at home.
"But we know Sunderland have a new manager in Gus Poyet, so the players will be looking to do everything to impress him and get a good result."