Campbell could miss new campaign

15 April 2011 10:43
Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell could miss much of the 2011/2012 season if he needs a second knee operation.The former Manchester United striker damaged his cruciate ligament in August last year and hasn't played since.

He twisted his knee ahead of the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City and may have to go under the knife once again.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said: "We do fear that he might need another operation and that could rule him out for the best part of next season."

"We think the surgeon needs to go and have a look inside his knee again and if it does need repairing again, then Fraizer is going to miss the best part of next season as well, which is an even worse blow for us and more importantly, for the kid," Bruce continued.

"Nobody could have done his rehabilitation better than he did but he fell over and twisted it on the Friday before we played Manchester City," he added.

Campbell's last appearance for the Black Cats was in the 1-0 win over - ironically - Manchester City last August.

Ahead of Saturday's crucial trip to Birmingham, Bruce has only two fit strikers in Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck, who has himself only just returned from a knee injury.

Source: BBC_Sport