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Manchester United youngster Welbeck was withdrawn after just 25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.