Isaac Hayden will return to Arsenal in January after it was agreed his loan spell at Hull City should be cut short.
The 20-year-old midfielder joined Steve Bruce’s side on a season-long deal back in July but has only started six games at the KC Stadium.
Hayden, who has captained the Gunners’ under-21 side in recent years, will draw a line under his spell with the Tigers after tomorrow’s game with QPR. It’s likely he’ll be loaned out to another Championship club for the second half the season.
Reflecting on the decision, Steve Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail: “Isaac wants to play and I haven’t been able to play him enough.
“The form of [David] Meyler and [Jake] Livermore has been excellent so he’s found himself restricted.
“I’m disappointed and sad that we’re losing him because I do believe he could have played a big part in the second half of the season but he wants to play now.
“I can’t give him that. He goes back with our best wishes. It hasn’t really worked out for him because of other players in form.
“When we signed Isaac I was expecting to be without Livermore and he’s similar in the way he plays. Jake coming back into the fold has limited his opportunities.”
Chuba Akpom, who joined Hull five days after Hayden, looks likely to be retained even though he was recently disciplined by Steve Bruce for a glove-throwing tantrum.