Bruce plays down Cats’ Hart check

Bruce confirmed earlier in the week that he had made an enquiry to

Manchester City about bringing in England international goalkeeper

Hart, with Craig Gordon facing several weeks out with a broken arm.

With out-of-favour Marton Fulop having departed for Ipswich, Bruce

looks set to start the campaign with Belgium Under-21 international

Simon Mignolet in goal and fellow youngster Trevor Carson as

back-up. Bruce, who is still waiting to hear back from City over

Hart, claims reports of an imminent move are wide of the mark and

insists he would be happy to start the season with Mignolet as his

number one, but fears any further injuries to his last line of

defence. He told Sky Sports News: “There is nothing immediate and I

think the media have blown it out of proportion. “I’ve looked at

the situation and I have asked the question if Manchester City were

prepared to do anything. In the meantime, they are busy getting on

with their own preparations. “I’ve seen all these reports and if

there was a possibility that might be the case (bringing in Hart),

then I would look at it on a short-term basis. “I’ve been delighted

with Simon Mignolet but if something happened to him, then we would

be in desperation land because of the injury to Craig Gordon, who

proved at the end of last season he is up with the best ‘keepers in

the Premier League. “We’re left in a horrible situation with the

injury he has picked up. I don’t really want to do anything at all

but we might have to. We’ll look and see where we are next week and

hopefully there will be no more injuries to our goalkeepers.”

Meanwhile, Bruce looks set to raid his former club Manchester

United for striker Welbeck, with the youngster down the pecking

order at Old Trafford behind Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov,

Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez. Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed

earlier on Friday that Welbeck was set to depart on loan and Bruce

believes the 19-year-old would be an excellent addition to his

squad alongside Darren Bent, Kenwyne Jones and Fraizer Campbell. He

admitted: “We are talking to Manchester United and there is a

possibility but it is still up in the air at the moment and there

is still a bit to do. “Last year we went all season with three

strikers and for me that is a little bit thin. “In that sort of

department if you have got more options then Danny would be a

really good option for us.”