JORDAN HENDERSON admits a fortnight’s breather from the demands of the Premier League has come at the perfect time for him.
England international Henderson has started every top flight game for Sunderland this season in only his second campaign as a first-team regular at the Stadium of Light.
But the 20-year-old has started to show signs of fatigue with boss Steve Bruce conceding the midfielder is in need of a rest.
Like the rest of his team-mates, Henderson has been given time off this week with Sunderland not in action until they travel to Everton on Saturday week.
The East Herrington-born player hopes that will prove beneficial to himself and his team-mates as Sunderland look to bounce back from three successive defeats.
Henderson told the Echo: “Maybe I will benefit from a break, it will probably do me some good.
“I’ll take this period as my rest period and hopefully come Everton I’ll be firing again.
“I think a few of us ran out of steam in the second half against Spurs.
“We kept pushing forward though and I don’t think we deserved to get beaten.”
Henderson hopes to be fresh to steer Sunderland back on course for a potential Europa League spot.
Defeats to Chelsea, Stoke and Spurs have damaged Sunderland’s top six hopes and banished the breathing space between the chasing pack.
Bolton lie just a point behind the Black Cats while arch-rivals Newcastle United are two points adrift.
The bigger frustration for Henderson has been that Sunderland have taken early leads in all three of their losses. But that is nothing new this season with Sunderland squandering more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side.
Henderson added: “It’s a test of character for us now. We’ve been beaten the last few games and we need to quickly turn it around and kick our season on again.
“We can’t fail at the final hurdle.
“I’m sure the lads will keep working hard and hopefully at Everton we can get something.
“It makes it more disappointing that we’ve taken the lead in all three games we’ve lost.
“If you take the lead, you should probably go on and win and if you can’t win, you can’t lose the game.
“We haven’t managed to do that but I’m sure things will change and we can get back to winning ways.”