Sunderland ‘Keeper Craig Gordon Ready To Return After Ten Months Out

Chris Wright

28th, September 2010

By Chris Wright

Sunderland ‘keeper Craig Gordon has declared himself ready to return to action after spending the best part of the previous calendar year out with a recurring fracture to his arm.

Gordon originally had metal plates inserted after breaking his arm in a challenge with Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe back in November of last year, and then duly broke it again during pre-season training after having the plates removed in July of this year.

The Scottish international is hoping to oust his deputy Simon Mignolet in time to make a first-team return against Manchester United this weekend, and also hopes to play a part in Scotland’s Euro 2012 qualifying games against the Czech Republic and Spain the following week;

“I am back in training and doing exactly what the other goalkeepers are doing. It is nice to be back in the group. My target is the Manchester United game. I could be available for the weekend.

I know I have to be sensible – I don’t want anything going wrong at this late stage. I just need to have a feel for the game again. I will not have to do too much on the fitness side – it is more about positional play and when to come for crosses.”

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