Hume was forced out of action for almost four months owing to a hamstring injury he suffered back in December.

 

The left-back was building up match fitness with the Black Cats Under-23s side in recent weeks as he put his injury woes behind him and was able to clock up minutes for the senior team in their 1-1 draw with Peterborough on Easter Monday in League One.

 

 

Sunderland boss Johnson is delighted with having Hume back at his disposal and feels he did extremely well against Posh for a player returning from an extended period on the sidelines.

 

Johnson explained that Hume is a big player for Sunderland and adds personality to his squad in addition to being a quality footballer.

 

 

Asked about his thoughts on Hume’s return to the pitch, Johnson told Sunderland’s official site: “Yes [great to see him back], really important, big player for us obviously.

 

“He is a great lad as well.

 

 

“So, we want to keep adding to the group in terms of football ability, but also personality and he will give us a bit of that.

 

“And yes, I thought he did extremely well, considering [him being] that so long out.”

 

Having retuned to first team fold, Hume will now be determined to clock up as many minutes as he can in the remaining games of the season and help his team earn direct promotion to the Championship.