Henderson blow cruel for Cats

Teenager Henderson, who has been a shining light in what is turning

into another season of underachievement for the Wearsiders,

sustained the injury shortly after setting up Kenwyne Jones for

Sunderland’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw on February 6. Medical tests

had to be delayed for swelling around the joint to subside with

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce confirming the length of the lay-off on

Monday. Bruce told the club’s official website: “Obviously we’re

glad there’s no serious damage, but to be without a player like

Jordan for six weeks is a blow. “We can now get on with the

rehabilitation process. Jordan is keeping his spirits up and he is

prepared to work hard while he’s out.” Capped at youth level by

England, 19-year-old Henderson has clocked up 28 appearances this

season, scoring twice. His absence leaves Bruce with a midfield

headache ahead of this Saturday’s testing trip to Arsenal. Lee

Cattermole and David Meyler are suspended following their red cards

against Portsmouth, Steed Malbranque is doubtful with a chest

injury while Andy Reid is battling a hamstring problem.

Injury-plagued Ghana defender John Mensah will also miss out,

although his absence could be offset by the return of Anton

Ferdinand. And in another boost for beleaguered Bruce, whose side

have gone 12 games without a win, Saturday could see the returns of

Kieran Richardson and Fraizer Campbell. “It’s early in the week,

but we’re hoping to have Richardson, Campbell and Ferdinand all

available,” Bruce added.