SUNDERLAND have recalled third-choice stopper Trevor Carson from his loan spell at Lincoln City, with Craig Gordon’s fitness still in question.
Carson had been due to stay at Sincil Bank until the end of April after impressing in his 16 outings since arriving at the League Two Imps in January.
But Sunderland had a 24-hour recall clause inserted in the loan deal and Carson has now returned to the Stadium of Light.
First-choice stopper Gordon, currently away on international duty with Scotland, remains troubled by a knee tendon problem.
The £9million keeper is able to play in an emergency, although his mobility is hampered and he may still need an operation if an exercise programme fails to cure the problem.
Northern Ireland stopper Carson will provide extra cover for Simon Mignolet even though Gordon has been able to take a place on the bench for the last three games.
Lincoln boss Steve Tilson – left with only 42-year-old Paul Musselwhite on the books – said: “He has been fantastic for us, but his club had a 24-hour recall clause and it’s their prerogative to have him back.
“I’d like to thank Sunderland for allowing Trevor to come to us and play some competitive football.
“He’s a great lad and on behalf of everyone here at Lincoln City, I would like to wish him every success for the future.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland have allowed 19-year-old midfielder Adam Reed to stay on loan at Brentford for another month.
The Hartlepool-born player has made four appearances for the League One Bees since arriving at Griffin Park in February on an initial one-month loan deal.
By extending the move, Reed will be in contention to feature at Wembley, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final on Sunday, April 3.
He could face a Sunderland team-mate there, with Black Cats youngster Liam Noble on loan at Brentford’s opponents, Carlisle.