Gordon plans pre-season return

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes a summer operation will see him return to full-fitness for the start of the next campaign.

Gordon missed two months of the current season after fracturing his arm in a collision with Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe in November.

He will now have a metal plate removed from the joint following Sunday's final game of the season.

"I will have the operation to get the plate out and then I will be in the hands of the physios here for my rehab, however long that will take," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully, I will be fully fit and ready to participate in pre-season training."

The Scotland international has made 25 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats despite an injury-interrupted campaign.

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