Ferdinand faces month on Sunderland sidelines after suffering bad ankle injury

10 December 2009 04:33
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was dealt a fresh blow today when it was confirmedthat defender Anton Ferdinand could be sidelined for at least a month.

Now THAT hurt: Anton Ferdinand grimaces after his clash with Erik Nevland

The 24-year-old was hurt in a challenge by striker Erik Nevland in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Fulham and is facing a spell in the treatment room.

Bruce said: 'It's a nasty one for Anton. Nevland's body weight came down on the ankle when they went to ground and he's no chance of being ready for the weekend.

'He's got no chance for Saturday and it looks like it could be a month at least for him. It's disappointing for him and disappointing for me.'

Ferdinand's misfortune ahead of Saturday's home clash with Portsmouth comeswith George McCartney struggling with a hamstring problem, John Mensah out witha calf injury and Kieran Richardson and Phil Bardsley both suspended.

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Source: Daily_Mail