RYAN Noble has returned to the Stadium of Light after the end of his month-long loan with Derby County.
Noble was restricted to just two appearances for the Rams during his stint in the Championship and wasn’t even included in the matchday squad for last night’s defeat to Reading.
Derby had held talks with both Sunderland and Noble over a possible extension to the loan.
But with Derby boss Nigel Clough unable to promise the 20-year-old (right) a regular spot, the Millfield-born striker has returned to Wearside.
Clough said: “We had a chat with Ryan on Monday and with Theo Robinson, Nathan Tyson and Steven Davies now edging towards full fitness after injury, we couldn’t promise him a regular start.
“He has been great to have around the place and we’re as frustrated as him that his chances were limited during the month.
“Had he been given permission he’d have played in the FA Cup against Stoke City and there was a good chance he’d have started against Forest too when it got called off because of the snow.
“Ryan has been really unlucky and he goes back to Sunderland with our very best wishes. We’d like to thank Martin O’Neill for allowing him to spend some time with us.”
Goalkeeper Trevor Carson is also back at Sunderland after the end of his month-long loan with Hull City, where he failed to make a single appearance.
The likliehood is that Carson and Noble will return to the Football League on loan, although Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill will want assurances that both would play first-team football.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old centre-half Louis Laing has extended his loan spell with League One Wycombe until the end of the season.
Laing, who made his fifth appearance for the Chairboys in last night’s defeat to Yeovil, said: “I’m very happy here. It means more games and more experience which is great. I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. I really like all the lads and the gaffer is perfect.”
Wycombe boss Gary Waddock added: “It’s great that we’ve been able to keep Louis for the rest of the season.”