SUNDERLAND’S injury woes continue with the news that Fraizer Campbell’s comeback been put on hold until next season.
The striker had hoped to make his return in the game against Manchester City a fortnight ago after an absence of eight months with a cruciate ligament injury.
But he injured himself again in the last training session before the City game and although it does not appear that the knock is too serious, the club has decided the best course of action is for him to have an exploratory operation to fully assess the situation.
Steve Bruce said: “It’s not thought that serious but we need to be absolutely sure what we’re dealing with. They’ll open the knee up and look inside. It’s not a major operation, but it rules him out for the rest of the season.”
With David Meyler not expected to kick a ball again this season and the remainder of Titus Bramble’s campaign in real doubt, Bruce’s mood has not been improved by news that John Mensah is out for weeks with a groin injury and that Sulley Muntari with calf strain and Anton Ferdinand with a hamstring problem have no chance of playing at Birmingham City tomorrow.
Craig Gordon, whose persistent knee problem has seen him drop to the bench in recent weeks, is to revisit leading knee specialist, Sweden’s Professor Hakan Alfredson to see whether the problem has improved or worsened.