Crossley recalled by Boro

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MIDDLESBROUGH have recalled goalkeeper Mark Crossley from his loan spell at Division One strugglers Stoke City.

The Premiership side have brought back the former Nottingham Forest custodian after just five days with the Britannia Stadium club, following his initial agreement to a one-month loan deal with The Potters.

Boro invoked the 24-hour recall clause after number one Mark Schwarzer suffered what was suspected as being a minor hand injury.

The Australian international's injury is not thought to be serious but the Teesside club have decided to call back Crossley as a precautionary move.

Stoke City's director of football John Rudge told his club's official website: "It's bad news for us and more bad luck.

"We were delighted to get Mark on loan because he brought in experience and competition, and allowed us to give Neil Cutler a break.

"Now we are back to square one.

"Mark did well for us at Gillingham - his presence and communication with his defenders was excellent and, although we felt he could have done a little better for their goal, he had nevertheless created a very good impression in a short time with us.

"The Schwarzer situation is just unfortunate for us. Whenever you take a goalkeeper on loan you are always aware of the recall position, but in many circumstances it doesn't affect you.

"It is just our bad fortune that a possible injury has cropped up so quickly."

Crossley's departure may pave the way for The Potters to reconsider a move for Norwegian goalkeeper Erik Holtan from Odd Grenland.