Sunderland Suffer Blow In Bid Avoid Relegation As Goalkeeper Ruled Out For Six Months

Stadium of Light player undergoes surgery on troublesome knee.

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon will miss his team’s crucial relegation run-in after undergoing knee surgery.

The 28-year-old will miss the next four to six months after seeing world-renowned tendon specialist Professor Hakan Alfredson.

The Scotland international travelled to Sweden for the successful operation and is recuperating well.

The keeper has missed the last six games as the out-of-form Black Cats have plunged down the Premier League table.

The news is a major blow for manager Steve Bruce who has seen his team challenging for a European place slump to struggling to avoid relegation.

Bruce had hoped to have the shot-stopper back in goal for Saturday’s crucial clash with Wigan at the Stadium of Light.

“Craig had the operation yesterday and it went well,” Bruce told the club’s website. “He’ll be out for about four to six months now.

“Craig’s been following a programme but when the specialist had a look at the knee again, we were left with no choice but to go ahead with the surgery.

“That just sums our luck up at the moment.”

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