Bruce Desperately Seeking Solution To Injuries


Black Cats manager Steve Bruce has criticised the quality of pitches as he seeks to deal with the Wearsiders’ on-going injury troubles.


In a BBC interview, Bruce highlighted his side’s injury-list which has seen them “without six or seven players for months”, and players such as captain Lee Cattermole, Bolo Zenden and Nedum Onuoha sidelined for long spells.


Bruce said: “Pitches these days are fantastic to look at but most of them are really rock hard and it is not easy to play on them.


“The thing with all the injuries is that they’re happening in games. If they were happening in training, we’d analyse whether we’re doing too much or not doing enough.”


Sunderland visit Manchester City this Sunday in the EPL and Bruce believes the extra 24 hours “will help us enormously” as six first-team regulars return from international duty, including, famously, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, who scored a terrific late equaliser for the Black Stars at Wembley against England.


Bruce also acknowledged that injury woes are easing, with Cattermole a recent returnee and striker Fraizer Campbell scoring after just 80 seconds of a reserve-team fixture as he continues his comeback from five months out with knee ligament damage.


Bruce added: “The return of (injured players) will give everyone a boost and if I can finally pick close to what I consider by best team, then I would fancy us to give anyone a game.”


Defender Onuoha will be unavailable on Sunday, as he is on-loan from Manchester City.


Tags: Steve Bruce, Lee Cattermole, Sunderland, Asamoah Gyan


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