Aston Villa have recalled Aly Cissokho from his loan spell at Porto, the Portuguese club have confirmed on their official website.
The left-back will return to Villa, although he cannot play until January, with Jordan Amavi out for the season with a serious knee injury.
Cissokho played under boss Remi Garde at Lyon and the 49-year-old has opted to bring him back with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
Leandro Bacuna, a right-back, played on the left in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal which left Villa eight points from safety with Kieran Richardson failing to impress while deputising for Amavi.
Former Liverpool loanee Cissokho, 28, has made 27 appearances since signing from Valencia under Paul Lambert in 2014 but he has made just two league appearances for Porto this term.
He initially joined Porto on a season-long loan deal in August.