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The 28-year-old, who joined the Welsh outfit from Valencia in 2012, has been out of action since the start of September but hopes to be fit for Saturday's clash with Sunderland

Swansea City attacker Pablo Hernandez is confident of making his long-awaited return from injury against Sunderland on Saturday.

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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The Swans have struggled in the 28-year-old's absence, sitting in 15th place in the Premier League table, but Hernandez says he is raring to go ahead of Saturday's home fixture against the Black Cats.

"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."

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