The former Manchester United player has been deployed at left-back for the Mackems, who have kept four clean sheets in 11 Premier League games. "Kieran has played very well," Bruce told the club's official website. "He played particularly well against Nani at Old Trafford and he was impressive against Theo Walcott when we played Arsenal. "He's a player who'll play anywhere for you. He's a good defender, but he will always offer you something going forward too." Meanwhile, Titus Bramble is set to return to action in Sunderland's reserve match with Newcastle on Wednesday night. The defender was fined and suspended after his arrest for two alleged sexual assaults, but returned to training last week.