Phil Bardsley

Bardsley goes under the knife

by Stuart Vose

Operation for injured defender.

Martin O’Neill says Phil Bardsley will be ruled out for a number of weeks after undergoing surgery.

The defender picked up an ankle problem in the early stages of pre-season training and hasn’t featured at all during Sunderland’s pre-season schedule.

But the Stadium of Light boss says there’s better news regarding Stephane Sessegnon, who trained at the Academy of Light on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile Wes Brown and David Vaughan – both injured in pre-season – are also making progress.

“Phil Bardsley has had an operation,” O’Neill said. “That’s a real blow for us.

“Stephane has done a little bit of training this morning, and hasn’t felt any effects.

“He hasn’t been able to do that much but in the course of the next few weeks in terms of the sort of fitness level that he can attain, we hope he gets there pretty quickly.”

He added: “Wes Brown is feeling a bit better but obviously getting a bit annoyed that injuries have plagued him.

 “David Vaughan’s making progress and he had an operation on his side to cure a problem and he’s making good progress out there on the training field, but hasn’t joined in with us yet.”