Arsenal's Brooke Norton-Cuffy recalled from Rotherham United loan spell and heads to Coventry City

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ARSENAL youngster Brooke Norton-Cuffy will play no further part in Rotherham United's Championship survival fight after being recalled from his loan spell at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The 18-year-old had been a regular starter under old boss Paul Warne but gradually fell out of favour following the arrival of new manager Matt Taylor in October.

He had become third-choice wing-back on the right flank and the Gunners have decided to place him with the Millers' second-tier rivals, Coventry City, for the rest of the season.

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Taylor, who was concerned by Norton-Cuffy's defensive shortcomings, was prepared to keep the England youth international but knew that that prospect was unlikely.

Peter Kioso's return to fitness was limiting the opportunities of the teenager who had also seen Wes Harding selected in front of him.

“Brooke’s still an asset for us when we’re an attacking team,” the boss said earlier this week. “We’ve found in games gone by that it has to be the right type of game to get him on the pitch.

"We are comfortable with where Brooke is but it will be down to him and Arsenal whether he stays.”

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Norton-Cuffy had made 21 appearances for Rotherham since his August arrival and the club said in a statement: "We would like to thank Brooke for his contribution and wish him all the best for his future endeavours."