The player would prefer a loan move to get more games but City boss Steve Bruce has revealed that 12 months after knee surgery, Dudgeon remains troubled by a recurring discomfort.
He explained: "It's still a bit early to send him out. His fitness is something that's ongoing.
"He has good days with his knee and bad days. I don't really want to send him out on loan until we can get him 100 per cent right in his knee and in his mind."
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