Gus Poyet says Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is "contagious" and is delighted to have welcomed him back from a groin injury.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has hailed the return of captain Lee Cattermole from injury, labelling the midfielder a "contagious" character in the dressing room.
Cattermole was back in action in the goalless Premier League draw at home to West Brom last weekend, following two months on the sidelines with a groin problem.
"Lee is contagious – he brings something that is very rare and no other player in the team has got," Poyet told the club's official website.
"He also helps the supporters a lot because they love him to pieces and that helps the atmosphere and everybody around him.
"I'm pleased he is back and I'm pleased he got through the game [against West Brom] without any problems other than being very, very tired.
"He is also happy to be back so it is perfect now."
Sunderland visit Manchester United on Saturday.