Bruce: “We’re In A Relegation Battle”
Black Cats manager Steve Bruce admitted this week that his Sunderland side’s recent results have dragged them down into the EPL’s relegation battle, only weeks after they were looking to challenge for a Europa League place.
And the Wearsiders’ cause was not helped by yet another defensive injury, with Ghanaian John Mensah ruled out for three weeks with a groin injury.
Sunderland lost 3-2 at home to improving West Bromwich Albion last Saturday. They are six points clear of the EPL’s drop zone – and six points behind seventh-placed Everton – with six games remaining.
But Bruce issued a stark warning of what the rest of the season will bring. He said: “We are in a relegation battle along with all of the bottom ten and we’re on a disastrous run.”
This makes Saturday’s trip to 16th-placed Birmingham City a ‘relegation six-pointer.’
The Black Cats twice lost the lead against the Baggies, thanks to what Bruce described as “a horrible 20-25 minute spell” in which his side were “defensively, all over the place.”
Mensah’s injury compounds these problems. The 28-year-old Black Stars international had had a rare run of first-team starts in his injury-plagued loan spell from French club Lyon.
But he tore his groin just 11 minutes into the WBA game and now joins fellow centre-back Titus Bramble on the proverbial treatment table.
There was better news of defender Ahmed Elmohamady, who this week said he wished to make his loan spell from native Egyptian club ENPPI permanent in the summer.
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