LEEDS United have recalled Huddersfield Town's on loan defender Alex Bruce.
Bruce, 27, was was due to stay at Town until January 2, 2012, but has returned to the Whites with immediate effect.
The central defender joined Town on November 24 ahead of the trip to Charlton.
He made three consecutive starts against Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday and most recently against Chesterfield on Boxing Day.
Huddersfield Town are without Jamie McCombe for the visit of Carlisle United to the Galpharm on Friday.
The central defender's loan at Preston will continue until January 2 as no recall clause was inserted into the deal.
Peter Clarke is back in contention after serving his one match ban against Chesterfield for collecting five yellow cards during the season.