Double blow for Cats boss Bruce

The pair both had to be substituted with hamstring injuries in the
4-2 victory over Wigan at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. On-loan
Manchester United youngster Welbeck was withdrawn after just 25
minutes and Gyan followed early in the second half, not long after
scoring Sunderland’s opener. Welbeck has now returned to Manchester
for a scan, while Gyan is being treated by Sunderland’s medical
team. The Black Cats have just four games remaining in the Premier
League and Bruce admitted after training on Tuesday that he did not
expect to be able to call on either of his main frontmen again this
term. “We’ve lost Welbeck and Gyan and it’s unlikely they’ll play
again this season,” Bruce told the club’s official website. “It’s
all over three weeks on Saturday. The collateral damage has been
huge. “The win was the most important thing for us last Saturday
but, for me, it still doesn’t hide the facts of the game. “I’ve had
to make substitutions before half-time again and that’s the big
thing. We have to find out why. “Yes, we’re back on track a little
with the win but we’ve only got 13 or 14 players training instead
of 24, which is a sad situation.” Bruce’s attacking resources have
been severely depleted, with Fraizer Campbell set to miss most of
next season after being booked in for knee surgery. Sunderland have
struggled since selling star striker Darren Bent in January and
without Gyan, Welbeck or Campbell, it remains to be seen who Bruce
will select up front against Fulham this weekend. Stephane
Sessegnon was pushed forward in Saturday’s win over Wigan and
scored from the penalty spot, while midfielder Jordan Henderson
also struck twice. The victory against Wigan came after a dismal
run of eight defeats in nine games that had sucked Sunderland into
the relegation dogfight, but they are now back in mid-table after
passing the 40-point barrier.