Elliott Ward is back at Huddersfield Town.
The 30 year-old centre back has been with parent club Bournemouth for treatment to a knee injury since playing his last Town loan match at Wolves on October 3.
Former Norwich City and Coventry defender Ward, however, is now nearing fitness so Town – who signed a new deal to bring back the defender before the November 26 loan deadline – will have him as part of head coach David Wagner’s squad for a further five matches, covering them up to the opening of the January transfer window.
Ward is with Town until and including December 28 and Wagner – whose side have an upcoming home double header against Bristol City and Rotherham – is pleased to have him on board.
“I know Elliott did well for the team in his original loan, so it is good that we can get him back and see him,” said Wagner, whose team are buoyant following the 2-0 win at Birmingham last Saturday.
“Elliott is now available to train after his injury, so we have to get across our ideas to him like we have the other players over the last month and get him up to proper fitness.
“If we can do this, he can then help us on the pitch, as we have a lot of matches to play until 28 December.”
Londoner Ward, who started his career at West Ham United (where he was a playing colleague of former Town boss Chris Powell), suffered only two defeats in his original loan to the John Smith’s Stadium club – on his debut at Cardiff and in his final appearance at Wolves.
In between those games, he helped Town win 2-1 at Charlton and 4-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers, in addition to picking up a point at home to Nottingham Forest – one of the clubs he has represented previously on loan.
Others include Preston North End, Doncaster, Plymouth, Bristol Rovers and Peterborough.
Ward was a £1m purchase for Coventry and, in four years at the club, he made 116 appearances for them.
He made 51 appearances after moving to Norwich, including 12 in the Premier League in 2011-12.
During two loan spells at Forest, he played in 31 Championship fixtures for the club.
He knows what it’s like to win the Championship title, too, having been part of the Bournemouth squad that won it last season, and Town were pleased to get him on the initial one-month loan which started in September.