Goalkeeper Craig Gordon Hopes to Play Despite Injury

Craig Gordon, Scotland Goalkeeper

Friendly: Scotland v Brazil at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011


Scotland achieved victory in an international friendly against Northern Ireland earlier this month with a 3-0 win.

Brazil lost to France in their last game 1-0 in Paris.

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he is fit and has high hopes of playing for the Scottish national side for the big match at the Emirates Stadium.

That decision may put him on a potential collision course with Sunderland manager Steve Bruce who understandedly has concerns about further damage to the £9-million player’s troublesome knee.

The Sunderland goalie is eager to aid Scotland's  battle against the World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil, despite being injured.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce may not approve of him playing before he is completed healed and rested.

Sunderland are in ninth place in the Premiership.

Evidently Gordon is eager to help defeat the giant South American team.

“It could be a great chance for me to test it out in a big friendly,” said Gordon. “It could be an ideal scenario. It could suit everybody, but only if things go well between now and then.”

“You don’t want to get involved in a player versus club row. Nobody does.”

“I would not rule out playing for either club or country if needed. I don’t expect to play in the next few weeks for Sunderland, but if I am asked to I will,” Gordon said.

“Having said that I hope to play some part on Sunday. If I was asked to play a half for Scotland then I am able to do that. I am building it up day by day. I am hopeful. I will be able to tell as the week goes on because I will step it up.

SCOTLAND NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD V BRAZIL

Scotland (v Brazil, Emirates, March 27): A McGregor (Rangers), C Gordon (Sunderland), I Turner (Everton); P Bardsley (Sunderland), C Berra (Wolves), G Caldwell (Wigan), S Crainey (Blackpool), G Hanley (Blackburn), A Hutton (Tottenham), S Whittaker (Rangers), D Wilson (Liverpool), M Wilson (Celtic); C Adam (Blackpool), B Bannan (Aston Villa), S Brown (Celtic), K Commons (Celtic), D Cowie (Watford), M Davidson (St Johnstone), J McArthur (Wigan), J Morrison (West Brom), R Snodgrass (Leeds); C Maguire (Aberdeen), K Miller (Bursaspor), S Naismith (Rangers).

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