Crossley recalled by Boro
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
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.