Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Strikers in the News as Sunderland Recall Whickham and United Duo Make Return to Training

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Strikers in the News as Sunderland Recall Whickham and United Duo Make Return to Training

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SUNDERLAND have recalled striker Connor Wickham from his loan spell at Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.

The 20-year-old, who has scored eight goals in 11 league appearances for the Yorkshire club, could be involved in tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Stoke at the Stadium of Light.

England Under-21 international Wickham signed for Sunderland for PS8.1m from Ipswich three years ago.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been monitoring Wickham's progress at Hillsborough.

But he has his own problems with summer signing Jozy Altidore in poor form and Steven Fletcher having scored only once in his last 16 appearances for the club.

Manchester United strike duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are back in training ahead of tonight's home game with Cardiff, managed by former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rooney has been missing with a groin strain since the New Year's Day defeat by Tottenham, while Van Persie suffered a thigh problem in the Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk last month. …

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