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Wickham Recalled From Loan Deal

The striker returns from his successful spell at Sheffield Wednesday ahead of schedule.

Kiyoshi Ota

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Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has returned from his two month loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. Initially signed on a two month loan deal at the start of November, the youngster made an immediate impact, helping to turn around the ailing Championship outfit, and the two parties extended the deal for a further month.

Wickham was expected to play his final game of the current deal on Tuesday night against Millwall, but has been recalled ahead of schedule, suggesting he is in contention to feature for Sunderland in Wednesday night's game against Stoke.

The England under-21 international has scored eight goals in twelve appearances for The Owls, leading some fans to be vocal in their support for a recall, especially with the poor form of current strikers Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore.

However it is unlikely that Wickham will get an extended run in the side, and you would assume that this is a temporary move to tie the club over until the expected arrival of Ignacio Scocco in the coming days. The former Ipswich man has shown occasional glimpses of quality at Sunderland, but has never really grasped the chance when opportunities to play have been given, and manager Gus Poyet has never given much indication that the youngster is part of his long term plans.

Wickham has been linked to a permanent move to the Championship, with both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest reportedly interested.