CRAIG Gordon will seek specialist help abroad next week over the sore knee which has cost him his first-team place at Sunderland, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
The Scotland international (pictured) was a substitute in last week’s game against Everton – Simon Mignolet stepping forward to start the game as Gordon’s painful knee was not risked.
And manager Steve Bruce admits he fears the worst, having seen his number one goalkeeper sidelined already for much of the manager’s time in charge at the Stadium of Light.
Gordon will fly to Sweden to see one of Europe’s leading specialists, with Bruce revealing: “He is not 100 per cent fit and is going to see a specialist on Monday.
“He came back from Scotland with a knee injury which has been niggling away at him and he’s not happy.
“We won’t know for certain until he has seen the specialist, but we do fear he is going to need an operation, which is typical of our luck with injuries.
“If you are not 100 per cent in the Premier League you get found out, so I can’t play him.”
Gordon is expected to be on the bench against Arsenal tomorrow, though, with the Black Cats’ third-choice keeper, Trevor Carson, currently on loan at Lincoln City.
But Sunderland have an instant recall clause in the loan deal with the League Two club and will activate it if Gordon has to go under the knife.
Elsewhere on the injury front, there is better news with Michael Turner still hopeful of a return to first-team football next month despite a setback last week and Lee Cattermole, Fraizer Campbell and Danny Welbeck all continue to make good progress.
Bruce said: “Turner is not out for the season.
“He has seen a specialist and he has to prepare his thigh muscles to be bigger and stronger before he gets the go-ahead to play again. That will hopefully stop the irritation in his knees.”