Bruce plans to ease Gordon back

09 July 2010 02:28
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he will not rush Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon back into action as he recovers from surgery on his arm and a hernia."Craig is back training. He had a hernia operation three weeks ago, so he will be fine in a week's time," Bruce told the club's website. [LNB]"I don't think I'll play him at Munster (Tuesday) or Darlington (Saturday). [LNB]Bruce said Gordon is likely to make his return against Brighton in the first of three pre-season matches in Portugal. [LNB]The Black Cats boss can however welcome back midfielder Andy Reid for pre-season after he recovered from injury. [LNB]The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international was in sparkling form in the early part of last season but was dogged by a calf injury after Christmas.[LNB] I would like to know what team do you think will start when we kick off against Birmingham? Scotty-safc He played only five times in 2010 and had an operation on his calf in March, but Bruce is eager to see Reid in action on the club's pre-season training camp in Portugal. [LNB]"Andy will come with us. He's only played three games since Christmas, which is quite incredible," Bruce explained. [LNB]"It's an important time for him. He's had one or two injuries - now let's hope he's over it and gives himself the best possible chance." [LNB]Only midfielder David Meyler, who suffered a cruciate knee-ligament injury against Manchester United in the Black Cats' final home game of last season, remains on the long-term casualty list. [LNB]Bruce said: "David is progressing well with his rehab. He's on course, but it's a long, hard road back for him."

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