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ROKER ROUNDUP: He’s back - Didier Ndong PICTURED in the North East as he plots Sunderland return

Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong has been pictured at Newcastle Airport as he plots his return to Wearside months later than he was expected to arrive.

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Loan roundup - Stryjek stars on debut

Max Stryjek only joined Eastleigh on Friday, but he made his mark with his loan club immediately as he saved a first half penalty as the home side beat Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0.

Starting for Stewart Donald’s former club, less than 24 hours after his signing was confirmed, the Polish ‘keeper saved Chike Kandi’s penalty on the stroke of half-time and Eastleigh went on to win thanks to a late, late goal by Alex Wynter.

The match was broadcast live on BT Sport and Stryjek was named man of the match for his efforts, afterwards he explained that he was confident that he would save the penalty:

Luke Molyneux also starred in the National League as his Gateshead side had an impressive 3-0 away win over Chesterfield.

Starting on the wing, Molyneux had a hand in the first goal for the ‘Heed’s Scott Boden, and could have scored himself but only managed to shoot over the bar.

Connor Shields came on as a second half substitute for Alloa Athletic in their 2-0 home defeat by Ayr United.

Elliot Embleton was an unused substitute as Grimsby Town lost 1-0 away to Stevenage, and Lamine Kone missed Strasbourg’s Ligue 1 game against Amiens due to a hamstring injury.

Sunderland v Everton: Premier League 2 Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

Ndong turns up

Didier Ndong has finally returned to England, as the midfielder was pictured at Newcastle Airport ahead of showdown talks with Sunderland.

It’s been an interesting week to say the least regarding Ndong, with the Gabonese international first fearing arrest if he attempted to return to the club and then a u-turn as he claimed he was willing to take a pay cut and fight to help the team achieve promotion.

iSport claim discussions will begin early next week but after yesterday’s 4-1 win over Rochdale, Jack Ross said he hasn’t had any dialogue with the player or his representatives:

There’s been no dialogue with me.

I did read a report, a story yesterday, that one of his representatives had contacted me and that is not the case.

I know there has been communication with the club with some of his representatives, or people who are portraying themselves as his representatives, but I don’t know any more than that.

I think it’s been a long, complicated, matter and we thought we were getting close to a solution but we will see how that pans out.

Today it is of no real interest to me, we’ll see how it plays out in the coming days.

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