Sunderland boss Steve Bruce isn't concerned with the injury of former Manchester United defender John O'Shea.

The 30-year-old limped out of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arminia Bielefeld in Germany and sat out the 3-1 defeat by Hannover 96 on Wednesday night.

O'Shea will also miss Saturday's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach and faces a further fortnight on the sidelines as he attempts to return to fitness, but his manager will not rush him.

Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: "It's disappointing that John hasn't played here, but we have still got three weeks left.

"We need him to be ready in a few weeks' time, not now. We have got games when we get back.

"It would be nice to see him play, but he got his leg in a difficult position against Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday and strained a muscle.

"We will have to keep an eye on how he is. The last thing we want to do now is risk anybody. If they have got anything slight, I would rather them give training and the games a rest.

"But the vast majority got through the game yesterday and hopefully everyone's okay."

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