Adam Johnson is still on bail after having it extended but has now been cleared to face Newcastle United in 17 days time.
Police investigations continue into claims that the Sunderland winger was engaged in sexual activity with a 15 year old girl.
However, after discussing the matter with the PFA, Sunderland have allowed Johnson to train again with the first team, having spent doing solo training with a fitness coach since his arrest.
Sunderland releasing this statement:
“The club has discussed the current position in detail with both the PFA and Adam’s representatives.
“In line with those discussions we recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues. He will therefore return to training.”
It is very unlikely Johnson will be considered for the Sunderland match at West Ham this weekend but with a two week international break, it is expected the winger will return against Newcastle.
It won’t be any surprise to see Sunderland desperate to play Adam Johnson despite the police investigation, considering he has scored in three of the last four derby matches, the Wearside club winning all four of those games.
If Johnson plays and potentially scores in another derby win, then is later found to be guilty, no doubt John Carver will be feeling pretty hard done by.