Nicklas Bendtner out for "lengthy" spell

Bendtner out for
© PA Photos
Nicklas Bendtner is expected to be ruled out for a "number of weeks", according to Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has claimed that frontman Nicklas Bendtner could be sidelined for a long-term spell after suffering facial injuries.

It was expected that the former Arsenal striker would be out of action for some time after breaking his nose during the Black Cats' 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

"[Bendtner's] got a bit more than a broken nose," O'Neill told the Sunderland Echo. "It's difficult to put a timescale on it, but it's going to be lengthy. We thought at one stage he might be okay. The early signs, even on Sunday morning, were that it looked as if it might be okay.

"But he's going to be out for a number of weeks now, which is definitely a blow to us. He has a few cracks and we just have to bide our time with that.

"That's a big blow to us and to the lad himself, who was beginning to enjoy a decent spell of football for us."

Sunderland will definitely be without the 24-year-old for their FA Cup fourth-round match against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds85211431117
2Wolverhampton WanderersWolves8521138517
3Cardiff CityCardiff8521127517
4Preston North EndPreston843193615
5Ipswich TownIpswich7502128415
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd850386215
7Middlesbrough8422105514
8Bristol City83411510513
9Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds8341107313
10Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest84041113-212
11Queens Park RangersQPR83231212011
12Norwich CityNorwich8323812-411
13Aston Villa8242109110
14Fulham824287110
15Derby CountyDerby73131111010
16Millwall823311929
17Hull City82241415-18
18Reading722367-18
19Burton Albion8224615-98
20Barnsley7214811-37
21Sunderland8134712-56
22Brentford8044712-54
23Birmingham CityBirmingham8116412-84
24Bolton WanderersBolton8026416-122
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand