With Danny Welbeck returning to Manchester United and Fraizer Campbell injured for the next year, Bruce is desperate to add strikers to help star forward Asamoah Gyan
Despite being embroiled in a relegation battle at the moment, the Black cats boss has admitted he is still focusing one eye on adding one or two strikers to his team in the summer.
"In January, I was looking at March and April for Fraizer to be fit, and he was making such great progress,” he told the Sunderland Echo.
"It stopped me from going for another striker because I thought Fraizer would be fit in six weeks."
The news was confirmed by Bruce on Wednesday that Campbell would have extra surgery on his knee and would be out of action for 12 months. The manager revealed that Campbell was in good spirits about the injury though.
He added: "Fraizer gets operated on today and he will be out for 12 months.
"He was out on the training ground yesterday having a bit of banter with the players. He's taken it okay because he is strong mentally.
"Thankfully, with his strength of mind, we think he will be okay. I hope he will be. If there's anyone mentally tough enough, it's him."
Not only has Bruce got to deal without the injured Campbell but also he loses Welbeck who will return to Manchester United after spending the season on loan.
He said about the prospect of losing Welbeck: "It puts a bit more pressure on us for next season.
"Going forward as a club, we have to look to get over it because in the summer we only have got one striker."