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Doncaster Rovers end Chris Kirkland loan deal

Chris Kirkland
Kirkland won his lone England cap against Greece in August 2006

Doncaster Rovers have ended Chris Kirkland's loan spell from Wigan after the goalkeeper suffered a recurrence of a back problem.

The 30-year-old only joined Rovers last week on loan until January and played in Friday's 3-0 defeat by Leeds.

Rovers manager Dean Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield: "He's got a problem with his back so he's gone back to Wigan and we move on.

"It's a spasm in his back and if you've had one you can't move."

Kirkland was out for three weeks after suffering the same problem during a loan spell at Leicester last season.

His departure means 41-year-old Neil Sullivan will continue in goal for Rovers' trip to Portsmouth on Saturday.

And Saunders has revealed he has offered the former Leeds United keeper a new one-year deal.

"He's about to (sign a new contract), but I agreed that with him last week before Chris came in," added Saunders.

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see also
Doncaster 0-3 Leeds
17 Oct 11 |  Championship
Wigan loan Kirkland to Doncaster
13 Oct 11 |  Doncaster
Kirkland hopes to return to Foxes
07 Dec 10 |  Leicester

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