Zenden cleared to face Reds

17 October 2009 10:35
New Sunderland midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has been cleared to play in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against his former club Liverpool.[LNB] The 33-year-old Dutchman, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, has been included in the squad after receiving international clearance.[LNB] Sunderland submitted their documentation before the noon deadline and later received confirmation that Zenden is eligible to play.[LNB] Zenden, who was out of contract at Marseille at the end of last season, will now hope to play a part in the match at the Stadium of Light.[LNB] He said: "Who knows? I could get my first minutes against my former team Liverpool, which would be something special.[LNB] "I am definitely looking forward to that. It's obviously a club that is going places. Since the summer, there is a positive vibe. The club struggled a bit last year, but looking at the squad, if we can finish in the top 10, and there is always a possibility to qualify for Europe as well if you do well in a cup.[LNB] "It's hard to say now because you always have to look at where you are after December. When January comes, you get a better look at the situation. But as it stands, Sunderland have had a very good start and if we can continue that way, then definitely we can go places."[LNB] Sunderland manager Steve Bruce handed the former PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Liverpool player a contract after he impressed while training with the Black Cats during the international break.[LNB] Bruce said: "He is technically very, very good - you don't play for Barcelona and Liverpool and Marseille and Chelsea and all of those teams if you haven't got really good ability. That was never in question.[LNB] "He will give us that little bit of experience, that know-how, and also around the dressing room with the younger lads too, he is everything I hoped he would be."

Source: Eurosport