Hull City have announced forward Billy Chadwick has returned to the club after picking up an ACL injury.
Chadwick has been playing on loan at Northern Irish side Linfield. They are coached by former international striker David Healy.
He had been playing well for the Blues, scoring six goals in 17 matches for them. Linfield currently sit fifth in the Northern Irish Premiership.
Earlier in November, Chadwick scored the first senior hat-trick of his career. He claimed three goals in an 11-0 win over the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
The 21-year-old was due to return to Hull in January, but the injury has seen him recalled early.
Healy told the Linfield club website: “The injury was sustained in our recent Premiership game against Crusaders at Seaview and Billy has in the last day or so returned to England to undergo treatment to assist his recovery.
“Billy’s loan spell was due to end in early January and so this unfortunate injury has brought about a premature end to his playing career with us.
“We are all so disappointed for Billy and we want to wish him a full and speedy recovery. He was a popular player who fitted in well with the squad and we will keep in contact with him to learn of his progress during his rehab.
“It’s a really disappointing way for his loan spell to be brought to an end and I want to thank Billy for his contribution over the past few months.”
Road to recovery starts for Chadwick
Chadwick was born in Hull, and came through the club’s academy setup, having been there since the age of 11.
He made his first team debut in 2019, in their EFL Cup win over Leeds United. Overall, he has made three appearances.
The striker has also had loan spells at National League sides Gainsborough Trinity and Halifax Town.
He will hope to continue his development when he returns from injury.