Bruce promises Elmohamady big role

Karim Farouk, Wednesday 8 Dec 2010

Sunderland coach Steve Bruce has revealed he wanted to rest Egyptian winger, Ahmed Elmohamady after his intense start with the team but he'll bring him back to full action

Ahmed Elmohamady
Ahmed Elmohamady is about to recover his place in Sunderland's starting XI

"The one thing about Ahmed is he had a great start to his Sunderland career and, as with a lot of young players, it's up to me to try and protect him a little," Bruce told the club's official website on Wednesday.

The 23-year old player made a dream start with the Black Cats and settled as a regular starter in Bruce's formation, but found himself suddenly relegated to the bench.

"We're still not even halfway into the season yet and he'll have a big part to play. I felt the time is right to give him a little rest. Having a break will freshen him up and he will be ready for the challenges ahead," he added

Elmohamady is on a season-long loan from Enppi but Bruce seems convinced of the quality of his new boy and has repeatedly announced that he wants to sign him on a permanent basis.

"I've been absolutely delighted with how he's done. It's not easy for a young lad to come from abroad and play in the Premier League. He has been fantastic," said Bruce.

The international winger is the only Egyptian player playing in the Premier League after the return of Amr Zaki to Zamalek and the move of Ahmed Hossam "Mido" to Ajax Amsterdam.

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