The most expensive goalkeeper in Britain is set for his return to action before the end of the month. Scottish international Craig Gordon first sustained the fracture in his arm from a niggling challenge inflicted by Jermain Defoe at the start of the year, with a recurrence of this injury over the summer. This has kept the 27-year-old out for the start of the season, leaving Sunderland’s first team goalkeeping duties to Belgian youngster Simon Mignolet.
Mignolet had a shaky start to his first Premier League campaign, but kept a clean sheet to help the Black Cats gain their first win of the season against Manchester City. The news of Gordon’s recovery will be greatly welcomed by his club as they have little experienced cover between the sticks.
For the majority of last season, while not out through injury, Gordon delivered some of his finest performances in a Sunderland shirt, justifying what was thought to be an expensive price tag at £9million. Steve Bruce’s number 1 is raring to get back into action following his spell on the sidelines, he told the Daily Record:
“I’ve been working in the gym and I hope to have done a bit of handling by the end of this week.”
“I should soon be diving and it’s a case of building it up.”
“All being well, I’ll be ready to start playing by the end of this month.”
Gordon’s injury has also meant that the player has had to miss out on representing his country in the European Qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce has announced that there will be no more wholesale changes to his squad. This comes off the back of yet another transfer window which has seen the manager bring in and offload members of an ever-changing squad. The Black Cats boss has succeeded in ridding his squad of the dead wood built up during Roy Keane’s era in charge, as well as a few players that didn’t fit in with his plans such as Danny Collins and Kenwyne Jones. Bruce has also made his mark on the squad with the additions of some real quality players, the standout being Darren Bent.
Bruce expressed content for his current squad in The Journal:
“The era of big changes is over, definitely. I am approaching a year and a half of a three-year contract and I cannot envisage going and doing at Christmas or next summer what we have just done.”
“For a start, I will exhaust everyone at the club – and myself! We have had something like 28 out and in, and that not even in a year and a half.”
“I cannot see me making more wholesale changes – it would be ridiculous to think it.”
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