Dexter back with Saints

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Southampton have recalled striker Dexter Blackstock from his loan stint at Derby County.

The 19-year-old was into his second month on loan at Pride Park when The Saints activated the 24-hour release clause that they had written into the deal.

Blackstock has scored three goals for The Rams during his temporary spell with Phil Brown's men, but will be back in Southampton's squad for their Boxing Day trip to Watford.

Harry Redknapp's departure from St Mary's has led to a rethink on Blackstock's future with Dave Bassett and Dennis Wise now in charge.

Rams boss Brown was not happy with losing Blackstock, but understood that the changing managerial situation on the South Coast was the reason.

"Dexter has unfortunately been called back because of what is going on there," Brown said.

"Their situation has changed and because of that, they felt the need to call him back with a hectic period coming up over Christmas.

"That leaves us a number nine short but it opens the door for someone else now."