Bendtner hopeful he'll be fit for Cup crunch
Published 22:30 12/03/12 By Simon Bird
Martin O’Neill is hoping to reunite Nicklas Bendtner with Fraizer Campbell in the FA Cup this weekend, after the Danish striker had a scan on his twisted knee.
The pair have forged a partnership in the last two games that O’Neill is keen for injury not to curtail.
Bendtner is desperate for good news, amid fears he suffered ligament damage against Liverpool.
The on-loan Arsenal frontman wants to be given the go-ahead for the FA Cup quarter-final trip to Everton on Saturday, and was “hopeful” before seeking medical advice.
Bendtner will be “monitored” this week, and has so far not been ruled out of the Goodison clash, giving Sunderland fans hope their in-form man will be fit in the continued absence of the suspended Stephane Sessegnon.
O’Neill has seen Bendtner score twice since being restored to the team alongside Campbell, whose shot set up his partner to score the winner against Liverpool at the weekend.
“We are monitoring Nicklas on a daily basis and he’ll be re-assessed towards the end of the week," said O'Neill.
“I’ll genuinely have a look at it this partnership with Fraizer. We’ll try and conjure something up, but I think the two of them can show they go together.
"I don’t see why it shouldn’t work, but we’ll have a look at other things as well.
“I see no reason why good players can’t play alongside each other. If you’re a good enough player you can play with or without anybody.
"Some partnerships work very well and this is a partnership that, for injury reasons, hasn’t yet got together.
"It’s not had any chance of developing or flourishing, so we’re hoping the two of them go together and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work.”