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Goalkeeper has tendinitis problem and could be ruled out for six months

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says he will speak to Craig Levein following Craig Gordon's call-up to the Scotland squad and ask him not to play the goalkeeper.

Gordon has been suffering from tendinitis and the Black Cats boss is desperate to protect the player who would require surgery should the problem get any worse.

The 28-year-old is currently only being employed as an emergency option for Bruce, who is keen to allow the player to fully recover from injury.

However, after Levein named Gordon in his squad to face Brazil at the Emirates Stadium on March 27, Bruce now intends to speak with the Scotland boss to warn him of the potential risks to the player's condition.  

"Craig has got this tendinitis problem and the specialist has given him a designed programme to do, so we are doing that,” Bruce told reporters.

"In the meantime, he can play in an emergency. He has obviously been called up by Scotland - I will have a conversation with Craig Levein concerning Craig because he isn't 100 per cent fit.

"He is just doing his programme and if we need him, we can use him.”

Gordon has visited Swedish specialist Professor Hakan Alfredson, who has placed the player on a specific training problem and has advised that if the problem persists then the goalkeeper would need to undergo surgery that could keep him out of action for up to six months.

Bruce said: "But the next three weeks are going to be pivotal for him to see if there is any progress and see if the knee gets any better and he gets rid of this tendinitis problem.

"If he [Prof Alfredson] goes in and he does operate, it is one of those where it could be a month, but it could be six months, so it's an awful time."

Bruce also believes that the player himself would be unhappy to be involved in the international fixture and has confirmed that he will hold talks with Levein over the matter.

He added: "I don't think Craig would be in any position to want to play himself. We will have a conversation."

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