Wickham returns to Sunderland

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has returned from his loan

spell at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, the Black Cats have

confirmed.

The 19-year-old joined the Owls on a temporary basis on February

8 and scored one goal – a 70th-minute winner at Leicester on

Saturday – in his six appearances.

However, with Martin O’Neill’s men hovering precariously above

the Premier League relegation zone ahead of Norwich’s visit to the

Stadium of Light on Sunday, Sunderland have declined to extend

Wickham’s stay in South Yorkshire.

A Sunderland club statement said: “Striker Connor Wickham has

returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

“The England Under-21 international joined the Yorkshire club in

early February and scored one goal in four starts plus a further

two substitute appearances.

“Wickham, who has scored once in nine games for Sunderland this

season, is available for Sunday’s home game against Norwich.”