SUNDERLAND’S forgotten man Marcos Angeleri has returned to his native Argentina to see a knee specialist in the hope of reviving his career.
The 28-year-old full-back has been one of the major disappointments of the season for the Black Cats but hopes that work on a long-term injury will allow him to return next season much more like the player Steve Bruce believed he had originally signed last summer.
The international defender has failed to make any impact in England and has only featured in three games since his £2m move from Estudiantes last summer – and Sunderland have been considering offloading him.
But Bruce has not given up hope of seeing the best of either Angeleri or fellow South American Cristian Riveros next season, the manager already accepting that the cruciate ligament injury Angeleri suffered in the season before he moved to England, has continued to hold him back.
The Argentina international, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury in June, 2009, aggravated the knee problem during the Black Cats’ pre-season game against Benfica in Portugal last summer and the injury has hampered the 28-year-old ever since.
Bruce admitted: “Angeleri has not been fit since the Benfica game in pre-season, which is a shame.
“He has gone back to Argentina to see the specialist about his knee and hopefully he can get it successfully resolved.
“His surgeon is involved with the Argentinian national team, so we decided it would be better for him to go and speak to him in his native language and get the best possible environment for what we hope will be a successful solution.
“He has a problem with his knee which I don’t think he has been right since the start of the season, against Benfica. That was the start of the situation we find ourselves in.
“He has never really got up to scratch with it, never got up to pace with it and, in my opinion, he is injured.
“As far as Marcos and Cristian go, we just wait and see what happens, but I’ve said all along that South Americans can take time to adjust to the English game and both could come back next season and do a good job for us.”