Sunderland defenders Titus Bramble and Michael Turner are both ruled out until New Year

25 November 2010 01:10
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been dealt a double blow by the news that he will be without central defenders Titus Bramble and Michael Turner until the New Year.

Bramble was due to undergo surgery to repair a damaged knee cartilage on Thursday, but Bruce's dismay increased when it emerged that Turner damaged knee ligaments when he collided with a post during Monday night's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Everton and could be sidelined for months.

Double blow: Both Titus Bramble (left) and Michael Turner (right) have been ruled out until the New Year

The manager told the club's website: 'It's horrible news. Michael whacked his knee against the post on Monday and damaged knee ligaments.

'He will see a specialist today. I believe it could be months rather than weeks, and that's a big blow to us.'

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Source: Daily_Mail