Michael Turners not for sale

Last updated : 28 July 2011 By Daryl Baker

Steve Bruce has spoken out killing rumours that Sunderland are ready to off load central defender Michael Turner.  Turner missed a fair few games at the end of the season after heroically clearing the ball off the line against Everton, in turn damaging knee ligament by colliding with the goal post.

Turner has played his part in the pre-season and will have to show his worth for first team action with the arrival of O’Shea and Brown from Man United.  

Brucey boy had this to say, "There are players we'd like to move on, but Michael definitely does not fall into that category.

"The thing about Michael is that he's a big lad and he's been out for a long time. It's fair to say that he still needs more games, but he's coming back from injury and it's important that we don't rush him."

"I think we all know who I'm talking about Nyron Nosworthy, Matt Kilgallon and George McCartney all need to go and play somewhere.

"They're the ones who we'll look to move on," Bruce continued, "but none of my first-team squad and certainly not Michael Turner. I want all of our big players to stay."