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Sbragia: Gordon came back too soon for Sunderland

Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia believes crocked goalkeeper Craig Gordon has paid for coming back too early from his previous injury.

He returned briefly at the end of November in what proved to be Roy Keane's final game in charge, a 4-1 home defeat by Bolton, and Sbragia admits that probably set him back by up to three months.

He said: "He has been unlucky. Maybe he came back from the first injury too early against Bolton. He wasn't fit and knocked himself back for another 10, 12 weeks.

"Unfortunately, that happened to him and it has not been a great season for him.

"He had the injury and he came back too early. He might have done some kicking in training, but in a game, he is probably going to do 50 or 60 long kicks, and sometimes you can't replicate that in training.

"What happens is the more he does it, the more sore the injury gets and he went back to square one, if not worse."

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