Relief for Arca
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Argentine had scans on his injured knee after being stretchered off in the FA Cup quarter final victory over Sheffield United after it was feared he had damaged his medial knee ligaments.
Results of the tests have proved positive though and the former Argentinos Juniors star says he is targeting the game against West Ham for his comeback.
The Black Cats have a demanding fixture back-log but Mick McCarthy will not want to rush Arca back, who is a pivotal member of the side trying to get back to The Premiership at the first attempt.
"The injury is not as bad as we first thought. The knee just needs a bit of time to get strong," Arca told the club's website.
"I don't think I will be fit for the Preston game but maybe there is a chance for West Ham. I want to be back for that one."
Arca also expressed his delight at drawing the winners of Millwall and Tranmere in the FA Cup semi-final, and avoiding Arsenal and Manchester United, which will see a club from the Nationwide granted a place in Europe next season, although The Wearsiders will hope to be calling themselves a Premiership club by then.
"It's a great draw for Sunderland and gives us a fantastic chance to get to the final," he added.
"The FA Cup is a famous competition and this is an exciting time for me. People will know about it back home in Argentina."