SAFC boss Steve Bruce will block Craig Gordon operation

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CRAIG Gordon flew to Sweden today to get the go-ahead to play his part in Sunderland’s survival battle.

The Scotland keeper has missed Sunderland’s last six games with a knee problem that was expected to confine him to the bench until the end of the season.

But after stand-in Simon Mignolet’s part in gifting Birmingham the lead during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at St Andrew’s, Gordon is back in the frame to help Sunderland ensure Premier League survival.

Gordon was given a series of strength exercises by Swedish knee specialist Professor Hakan Alfredson last month in a bid to delay an operation.

The 28-year-old headed to Scandinavia again this morning for another assessment.

But Sunderland have instructed Professor Alfredson that they cannot afford to let Gordon have an operation with their situation so precarious.

Boss Steve Bruce wants Gordon back in contention for Saturday’s crucial clash with Wigan and the £9milliion stopper will have to manage the pain until the summer.

Bruce said: “Craig is going to see the specialist again but we’re going to have to ask him to delay having an operation and play on.

“We’re going to have to manage the problem the best we can, but he will come back in.

“We can’t let him have the operation now because of the situation we are in.”

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