Craig Gordon has finally overcome his injury nightmare at Sunderland by returning to first-team action after the appointment of manager Martin O’Neill.
Steve Bruce has largely looked upon Craig Gordon as someone who does not have the potential to be the first choice for Sunderland. However, with Steve Bruce gone, Craig Gordon can finally hope to reclaim the top spot at the Stadium of light. He was a £ 9 million signing during the Roy Keane days and is widely regarded to be the best Scotland goalkeeper. However, injury problems have limited the number of appearances the Scotland international has made in recent seasons, but he recently came back from the injury to make an appearance for the Sunderland reserve team.
Sunderland reserves recently beat Arsenal reserves 2-0, and it was a match that finally saw Craig Gordon back in action. He has been out with an injury for more than 11 months. He has to suffer the knee injury back in February and has not made an appearance since then. His final appearance for Sunderland came on February 12 against Tottenham. Martin O’Neill will be hugely boosted by the news that he is best goalkeeper has returned from the spell on the sidelines.
During this time, Craig Gordon has seen a number of other players keen to take over his position as the Scotland No. 1. This includes Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who is currently the number 1 for Scotland. He will be facing intense competition from Craig Gordon once again given that he is on the road to recovery. Martin O’Neill confirmed that the Scotland international is not far from making into the first-team. So far, Craig Gordon has made 40 international appearances for Scotland, and his international experience will certainly boost Sunderland in the fight against relegation.