Gordon returned to action in a reserve game on Monday after recovering from his second broken arm in nine months.
"He has been absolutely terrific and what that has enabled us to do is give Craig Gordon every chance to get back to full fitness in his own time and make sure he's confident that his arm is okay," Bruce told the Sunderland Echo.
"Maybe in the past we might have played him in the reserves on Monday, and then shoved him straight back in the first team. But there's no need to do that now.
"We've got the international break coming up, which will give him even more time to get himself right and then I'll have a decision to make in two or three weeks' time."