Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce's Fear of On-Loan Welbeck; Danny May Have Played His Last Cats Game

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce's Fear of On-Loan Welbeck; Danny May Have Played His Last Cats Game

Article excerpt

Byline: JAMES HUNTER

STEVE BRUCE admits Danny Welbeck may have played his last game for Sunderland now the on-loan Manchester United striker has returned to Old Trafford for treatment on his hamstring injury.

Welbeck limped off in Sunderland's 4-2 win over Wigan at the weekend, while his strike partner Asamoah Gyan was stretchered off in the second half after also suffering a hamstring problem.

Black Cats boss Bruce is resigned to being without both players for the final four games of the season.

Manchester United's medical team will assess Welbeck's injury and he will not come back to Wearside unless he is 100% fit.

However, with only four weeks of the season left, it is almost certain his season is over. Unless Bruce can convince his old Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to part with the 20-year-old this summer - either permanently or on loan once more - Sunderland fans will have seen the last of a frontman who made such a big impact in the first half of the season.

Bruce said: "It was a big relief to get the win at the weekend and put an end to the horrible run we were on, but for me the most disappointing thing was the collateral damage which came with it.

"It looks like we will be without Welbeck and Gyan for the rest of the season now, which is a massive blow.

"Danny has already gone back to Man United because they want to assess him.

"He will not come back to us unless they can get it 100% right, say in time for the last game of the season against West Ham, but that is unlikely given how close to the end of the season we are.

"Gyan has had a scan and we are still waiting for that report."

With Fraizer Campbell already ruled out for another year after knee ligament and achilles surgery, Sunderland go into this weekend's game against Fulham with no fit senior strikers.

Bruce could call up 19-yearold rookie Ryan Noble, but he has never started a first-team game. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.