Bruce hopes Bolo stays with Cats

Zenden, who joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Marseille
last October, has been restricted to a bit-part role since his
arrival due to a number of niggling injuries. The former Liverpool
and Chelsea man has scored twice in 18 appearances and he admitted
over the weekend he was unsure of his long-term future on Wearside.
But Bruce is hoping to keep the Dutchman for another year as he
believes he still has a lot to offer. “Bolo is probably a bit
disappointed he hasn’t started more. To be fair, when I was looking
for him to start games, if I look back at the records, he picked up
a couple of niggly injuries,” Bruce told the Sunderland Echo.
“That’s par for the course at his age and it meant I couldn’t play
him, but he’s done very well and I like to have him involved. “And
the one thing he has helped me with is the development of the young
players. If you watch him as an older pro, he’s a great pro. “So I
will sit down with him over the next 24, 48 hours and see what he
wants to do. I would like to keep him for another year, because
he’s got something to offer.” Meanwhile, Andy Reid has returned to
training after recovering from a hamstring injury. Reid has been
out of action since early February, but he is now back training
with the first-team. “Andy joined in for the first time today,”
added Bruce.