Preston North End appear to have retained the services of loan midfielder Ross Wallace until the end of the season.
Doubts have been cast over the future of Wallace after it was reported that the winger was not prepared to take a pay cut to stay at Deepdale, but it is expected that he is to stay at the club for the immediate future.
"The intention when he signed in August was always to stay the full season unless Sunderland wanted him back," confirmed a Lilywhites spokesman.
Wallace does not appear to figure in new Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia's plans as the Black Cats manager did not object to his player figuring for Preston in their FA Cup tie with Liverpool.
This cup-tied the player, meaning he will not be available for selection for Sunderland for cup competitions for the rest of the season.
Sunderland had a clause in the contract for Wallace's loan to recall the player in January if needed, but it seems unlikely they will exercise this right unless the injury list grows at the Stadium of Light.
Wallace is out of contract at Sunderland at the end of the season.