Bendtner not enjoying face mask

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has admitted that his sight is impaired by wearing his protective face mask.

The Denmark international fractured a cheekbone, and has been forced to wear the mask to protect himself on the pitch.

With Tuesday night’s FA Cup quarter-final replay against Everton the last time he will wear the mask, the on loan attacker has admitted that it has been challenging of late.

“I’ll be wearing the mask for the last time on Tuesday night before I take if off for Saturday’s game,” he told reporters, published in Mirror Football.

“To be honest, I can’t see with it on. I give the ball away because I can’t see sometimes, and it’s not good because on other occasions, if you see a run, your eye then disappears in the mask and you can’t see where you are running.

“It’s difficult, and I think it was the first header on target I have had wearing the mask when I scored against QPR on Saturday,” he continued.

Bendtner went on to state that his side are ready for a tough match against the Toffees, but are eyeing a place in the last four.

“We go into the game believing we can win it.

“We’ve been thorough in our approach and have prepared for extra-time and penalties. We’re a game away from Wembley and we know we have a chance to end the season on a real high.

“We know there’s a massive expectation from our fans, but we’re desperate to progress in the cup, and we’ve got to fancy our chances so we’ll be giving it our best shot,” he stated.

By Gareth McKnight