STEVE Bruce insists Sunderland had little option than to approve a knee operation for Craig Gordon, which will rule the Scotland keeper out for up to six months.
Gordon flew to Sweden earlier this week to see knee specialist Professor Hakan Alfredson after completing a month of exercises to cure a tendon problem.
Bruce hoped the rehabilitation programme would cure the 28-year-old’s injury and was not keen on allowing the stopper to undergo surgery with Sunderland’s Premier League position still precarious.
But the damage to Gordon’s knee was worse than first thought, with the £9m keeper sustaining a partial tear to his tendon.
Full story in tonight’s Mail.