Steve Bruce calm over O’Shea injury concerns

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce spoken out amidst the injury fears regarding new acquisition John O’Shea.

There were worries that the Republic of Ireland international was badly injured after he limped of during the team’s pre-season 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefield.

The ex-Manchester United utility then sat out Sunderland’s 3-1 loss to Hannover and expected to do the same in their match against Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend.

It’s been revealed that O’Shea will be out for a fortnight and leave the 30 year-old with little preparation time to get accustomed to playing with the Black Cats.

Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: “It would be nice to see him play, but he got his leg in a difficult position against Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday and strained a muscle.”

The Irishman went on to say: “We will have to keep an eye on how he is. The last thing we want to do now is risk anybody. If they have got anything slight, I would rather them give training and the games a rest.”

Sunderland open their 2011/12 campaign at Liverpool on Saturday 13 August.

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