Sunderland hit by new Gordon blow

16 July 2010 09:22
Sunderland and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon will miss the start of the new season after breaking an arm.Gordon fractured a bone after falling awkwardly in training and had surgery on Thursday to repair the damage. [LNB]The 27-year-old, who suffered a similar injury last season, is set to miss the beginning of Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. [LNB]"He is set to miss the start of the season as he undergoes rehab on the damaged arm," read a club statement. [LNB]Gordon joined Sunderland from Hearts in August 2007 in a deal rising to £9m - a British record fee for a goalkeeper - and made 31 appearances last season in another campaign disrupted by injury.[LNB] This is without question a major blow BruceysBeak He suffered a broken arm in November after being caught by what he described as a "poor challenge" from Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe. [LNB]Gordon returned in January and enjoyed his best run of form on Wearside, a series of impressive displays helping the club to a 13th-placed finish in the Premier League. [LNB]According to the Scottish Football Association's website, he is expected to miss the first four Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Liechtenstein in September, and world champions Spain and Czech Republic in October. [LNB]"It is obviously very disappointing to lose a goalkeeper of Craig's calibre for such a significant part of the campaign," said Scotland boss Craig Levein. [LNB]"I am as disappointed for the player himself as I am for the country because I know how hard he has worked to overcome a series of injuries. [LNB]"Craig has been an exceptional goalkeeper for Scotland - a talisman in fact - and I think, after getting a metal plate inserted in his arm last season, he was getting back to his best form for Sunderland."

Source: BBC_Sport