Connor Wickham recalled by Sunderland from loan at Leeds

Connor Wickham

Premier League strugglers Sunderland have recalled striker Connor Wickham from his loan spell at Leeds United.

The 20-year-old, who failed to score in five Leeds appearances, could be in line to face Liverpool on Wednesday.

Manager Gus Poyet has acted because of a shortage of options up front.

Steven Fletcher is struggling with injury, on-loan Fabio Borini is unable to play against his parent club, Ignacio Scocco is not match-fit and Jozy Altidore is out of form.

Poyet looks likely to shake up his squad after the poor performance in the 2-0 defeat at Norwich on Saturday.

Wickham returns to the Stadium of Light after just one month at Elland Road, having enjoyed a highly successful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, where he scored eight goals in 11 appearances, earlier this season.