No deal talks tonic for Gordon

The former Hearts shot-stopper has spent much of his life with the

Black Cats on the sidelines since his £9million transfer four

years ago and is only due to return from knee surgery next month.

Bruce is faced with the dilemma of whether to renew Gordon’s

contract, which runs out at the end of the season, during what has

been a stop-start career at the Stadium of Light. The 28-year-old

Scotland international will also have the difficult task of

dislodging number one Simon Mignolet, who has been in fine form for

Bruce’s men, particularly this term. The Sunderland boss has

revealed that talks will not take place with Gordon until he gets

himself fit again, but said the door was not shut. “It’s a horrible

dilemma that we face as a club, because we paid £9m for him,

but he’s probably been injured for two of the three years that he’s

been here,” Bruce told the Daily Mirror. “That’s a big problem for

us. We hope he has the resilience to get back. I certainly think he

has. If he gets himself back on the pitch, we can address the

situation from there. “At the moment, I really don’t think I can be

starting contract negotiations. If I’m being honest with him, I’m

not in that position yet and we won’t be until we see him back fit

and raring to go. “He’s still on course. He had a bit of a reaction

10 days ago, but it was nothing too serious. He’s still on course

to play some sort of part in the next month or so. “By the end of

October, he should be there or thereabouts. In terms of his future,

the big thing is getting him out on the pitch. I haven’t shut the

door on him here. Why should I?”