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Sunderland keeper Gordon set for club v country row

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is facing a club v country row.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce does not want Scotland to pick Gordon for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Spain.

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."

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