Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore has confirmed that Kazaiah Sterling will return to Tottenham in January after failing to sufficiently recover from his injury problems.

The 21-year-old forward was sent on loan to Doncaster for the season back in the summer but suffered a dead leg in September which forced him out of action.

He has since suffered multiple complications which have delayed his recovery from injury and it appears that Doncaster have now lost hope of getting Sterling back on the pitch to contribute to their season.

There is a clause in the forward’s contract which allows Doncaster to end the loan deal prematurely in January and Moore confirmed that the League One club will take up that option following the Spurs youngster’s injury troubles.

He revealed his disappointment at how things have gone for the Spurs academy graduate since his move to the club in the summer.

Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, Moore said: “I’m not saying he’s not going to recover but the timescale of our loan agreement, it doesn’t look like he’s going to recover to play much part in our first half of the season. It’s sad for him because from our perspective.

“We saw signs of a very quick, powerful individual that was going to play a real good part in terms of the team. It’s been just one unfortunate injury and an innocuous one that no one expected to take so long to recover from.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for him to come for first-team experience at a good club in League One, the door was open for him. I’m sure he’d have made a big impact because the signs were there.

“It’s not to be and our main concerns are for him to get fit so he can be available to play some part in the second half of the season.”

Spurs Web Opinion

This is extremely sad news for Sterling as this was a crucial loan move for his at 21 years of age. While he is not going to break through at Spurs, this was a great opportunity to put himself in the shop window for League One and Championship clubs. Let’s hope the injury isn’t too serious and that he makes a full recovery before long.

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