Bruce happy to wait for Gordon tonic

Gordon made his comeback for Sunderland reserves on Monday night

after two months on the sidelines with a broken arm. The Scotland

international admitted after coming through the reserve outing that

he was targeting a return to first-team action against Manchester

United this weekend. “I am back in training and doing exactly what

the other goalkeepers are doing. It is nice to be back in the

group,” said Gordon. “My target is the Manchester United game.

“Assuming I have come through the reserve game unscathed, I could

be available for the weekend.” However, Bruce is not prepared to

take any chances with the keeper, with Mignolet proving a more than

capable deputy. “With Simon’s form being as it is it would be

stupid to rush Craig back,” said Bruce. “He’s trained for a week

and played his first game last night. The more he trains the better

he will become. “The competition is fierce at the moment and that’s

great. As a manager I want two people in every position. “Simon’s

form at the moment has enabled us to not rush Craig back when maybe

we might have done before.”