Monday 19 February 2018

Sunderland edge to safety


Ken Gaunt

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will not make a decision about midfielder Sulley Muntari's future until the end of the season.

Muntari had a hand in the winner against Bolton -- forcing the ball home despite the efforts of Bolton defender Zat Knight to keep it out after Stephane Sessegnon had created the stoppage-time opening.

It has been a difficult time for the Ghana international since his January arrival from Inter Milan on loan, and there has been speculation he will return to Italy in the summer.

Bruce believes it is only now that Muntari is fit enough to play in the Premier League.

"There's a deal in place for Sully but nothing has been finalised as yet. We will make a decision at the end of the season," he said.

It was only Sunderland's second win in 12 league games and a welcome one at that given their injury problems have decimated the squad. Substitute Ivan Klasnic had pulled the home side level with a firm header three minutes from time following a superb cross from Rodrigo Moreno, who had also stepped off the bench.

Sunderland had taken the lead in first half stoppage time through skipper Bolo Zenden, who rounded Jussi Jaaskelainen with Bolton appealing in vain for offside.

"We needed a bit of luck. We had a dreadful run of results recently. But it is good to be safe now," said Bruce.

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