Charlton Athletic play down potential recall of on-loan Leon Clarke from Scunthorpe United
Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell has played down suggestions Leon Clarke could be recalled early from his loan stint with Scunthorpe United.
The in-form striker, who has scored seven goals in 10 Iron appearances, is due to remain at Glanford Park for another month, but it was reported last week that the Addicks were considering bringing him back to The Valley amid interest from other clubs.
After last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Swindon Town, United boss Alan Knill said he had not anything about Clarke being recalled.
Today, Powell told News Shopper he had had 'no contact' with any club about signing the former Sheffield Wednesday front man, who is out of contract in the summer.
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"Leon is in a place where he is playing regularly," said the Addkicks chief.
"If he came back here to be on the bench I don't think he would be too happy.
"It is something I will look at if I have to but of course I've told Leon and we've spoken man to man with regards to his future.
"He is playing and he is doing well at Scunthorpe in League One.
"I've had no contact with other clubs as yet. "
Shortly after joining Scunthorpe, Powell suggested Clarke - who missed training today through illness - had no future in south London.
But Scunthorpe do not have the financial clout to sign the player on a permanent basis.