Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is delighted Connor Wickham has avoided serious knee injury.

The Black Cats had suspected Wickham had ruptured his cruciate knee ligament when he was stretchered off within the first five minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United 10 days ago.

"Thankfully, it won't rule him out for the season which was our initial fear and that is a big relief," Bruce told the club's official website.

"If you tear your cruciate or medial ligament, you are generally out for at least six months.

"We believe there is damage to a ligament at the back of the knee and we hope that it will repair within four to six weeks."