Skysports.com understands that Danny Welbeck is set to have an exploratory operation on his troublesome knee injury on Tuesday.So for the immediate future, we're likely to see Gyan as a lone striker. But that opens a midfield spot for someone. Steed Malbranque has already claimed a spot and Zenden seems to be in Bruce's good graces.
The 20-year-old is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury which kept him out of Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby.
However, he has been troubled by a knee complaint for some time and the club have decided to act now to get to the root of the problem.
But might we see a return of Big Fat (and blog favorite) Andy Reid? He has been recalled from loan at Sheffield United, played in the FA Cup loss to Notts County and was on the bench at the weekend. Surely a midfield five of Reid, Richardson, Henderson, Cattermole, and Malbranque (with Zenden the first player off the bench) offers plenty of options for Sunderland.
If Reid does return, and with David Bentley starting again at Birmingham, our midfields might have a distinctly retro vibe to them soon.
UPDATE: Wellbeck out for Six to Eight Weeks
[Steve] Bruce said: "Danny was operated on yesterday and it was confirmed he had a torn cartilage and he will be [out for] six to eight weeks."