Sunderland's on loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is facing a tough summer ahead of him after it was revealed that he was dropped from the match against Manchester United on the final day of the season after failing to make it to the team bus in time.

Nicklas Bendtner has already revealed that he wants to move permanently away from Arsenal in the summer. Even though he did not get his wish in the last summer, he at least made the temporary move to Sunderland. Despite being good on certain occasions, Nicklas Bendtner has largely been a frustrating figure at the Stadium of light.

Now, it is very likely that Martin O'Neill will not be looking at the possibility of signing the Danish striker after his latest misdemeanour. Sunderland lost the match against Manchester United 1-0 in the final day of the season. It did not matter for both the clubs, as Manchester City on their match against QPR 3-2 to lift the Premier league title for the first time in their history. United managed to win the match through a Wayne Rooney goal in the 20th minute, but came extremely close to doubling their advantage through the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

“I am ready for new ­challenges. I have heard about concrete interest from other clubs, who sound interesting, but I can’t say more than that right now. After all, I am still under contract with Arsenal, so I have to get back to Arsenal and talk to them first. On the specific matter of staying with Arsenal, I have to say I need something new to happen for me. There is no panic thinking about my future. Now, it’s all about Euro 2012 for Denmark and afterwards I can look at my club future,” said Nicklas Bendtner.


New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is set to be without striker Nicklas Bendtner for the important match between Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of light.

On loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is regarded to be one of the few players capable of putting the ball in the back of the net, but his injury will mean that Martin O'Neill will have to replace him with lesser players. It is a situation that will certainly confront the former Aston Villa manager, as this match is no less than the a six pointer. Blackburn Rovers will be coming to the Stadium of light with great confidence after having won their recent match 4-2.

Sunderland, on the other hand, lost their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in the most unlikeliest of manners. Sunderland not only lost the ability to take a two-goal advantage in the match to Sebastian Larsson penalty, but they also failed to stop Wolverhampton Wanderers from scoring at the other end. It was a double whammy for new manager Martin O'Neill, who was watching from the stands. Hence, he would have been hoping for a full strength squad for the match against Blackburn Rovers, but it has been revealed today that Nicklas Bendtner is unlikely to be fit in time for the match.

“Nicklas has a groin problem and we’ll see how he is towards the weekend. But if the game was tomorrow, he wouldn’t make it as it stands,” said O’Neill. Sunderland will also be without Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell. Martin O'Neill will also be without important defender Michael Turner. Hence, it is not only the attacking options that will pose a problem for Martin O'Neill, but also the defensive side of things as well. Sunderland are just a few points away from Blackburn Rovers.


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