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.