GOALKEEPER Jordan Pickford has rejoined Burton Albion on loan after recovering from a knee injury.
The 19-year-old Sunderland stopper played the first three games of the season before being recalled to the North East for treatment.
He is now back at the Pirelli Stadium and is set to start the home game with Portsmouth tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.
“Jordan showed really good promise in the two or three games before he got injured and it’s good to see him back,” said Brewers boss Gary Rowett.
“It was always the plan to look at it again when he was fit.
“He’s been back training for a week with Sunderland and played in a couple of behind-closed-doors games.
“Getting Jordan out for some excellent experience in the Football League suits Sunderland as well.”
Pickford will come in for Dean Lyness, with Rowett sympathising with his 22-year-old keeper after a run of half a dozen games in the side.
“Dean’s done well in the games but we’ve had to make a decision whether we bring Jordan back – and it was always the plan when he first went back to Sunderland,” he said.
“Dean had an opportunity in between and did well.
“But we have to make the squad as strong as we possibly can.”
Mats Morch will also return to Derby County after the weekend following his one-month spell with the Brewers while Pickford recovered.
Rowett has been pleased with the 20-year-old Norwegian custodian.
“He’s done really well and I’ve been been really impressed in terms of his application and work rate,” said the Albion chief.
“He’s one where we’ll certainly monitor his progress - we’re also really thankful to Nigel Clough for letting us have him for a month.”
As well as the return of Pickford tomorrow, Zander Diamond could be set for a recall to replace the suspended Ian Sharps in the centre of defence. He or Phil Edwards will get the nod there.
The only injury doubts surround Chris Hussey (hamstring) and Rory Delap (hip), with both having fitness tests today.
Alex MacDonald (calf) should be back but Billy Kee (thigh) is out.
If MacDonald starts on the right wing, it would allow Adam McGurk to move up front, where he was highly effective against Fleetwood Town and Bury.
“Alex is fit enough to be involved,” said Rowett. “We have to judge whether that’s a start or on the bench.
“It’s good to have him back as it brings a bit more competition on the right.
“What it does is potentially free Adam up to play somewhere else - at times it’s useful to have some mobility up front.”