Steve Bruce will be happy with the return of Craig Gordon this afternoon after losing Ferdinand, Richardson and Mensah in the defence department recently.
Gordon nearly made a dramatic debut at Anfield in the closing stages as Simon Mignolet was injured after a collision in the penalty area. Gordon who was ready to step into the firing line was not used by Bruce as Mignolet recovered to earn Sunderland a well deserved point.
The Scottish keeper, who has been out since May with a fractured arm, will be hoping to gain some fitness against Villa today at the Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Maybe based on form he will find it hard to walk back into the team after a great season so far from the belgian U21 keeper Mignolet.
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