Elias Sorensen's unsuccessful loan spell at Carlisle United has been brought to an early end by parent club Newcastle.
The Premier League outfit have today recalled the Danish striker.
Sorensen had been on a season-long loan which included a January recall clause.
But the 20-year-old has returned to the north east before the turn of the year after talks between the respective clubs.
Sorensen made four starts and eight sub appearances without scoring as he struggled to impress for the Cumbrians.
Only one of those starts came in the league with his other starts coming in the Leasing.com Trophy.
He featured for just five minutes under new boss Chris Beech, who has been in charge for four games.
Sorensen had joined on loan in mid-August under former boss Steven Pressley, who had earmarked the striker as a potential target earlier in the summer.
After missing a good chance on his second appearance against Salford, and going close to scoring in the Carabao Cup at Rochdale, the Newcastle prospect showed little sign of becoming a first-choice frontman for United.
He also featured in reserve games, scoring in a friendly against Rangers and a Central League Cup game at Morecambe, but often failed to impress in second string outings.
Sorensen's departure creates a space for a striker which head coach Beech is likely to seek to fill in the January transfer window.
In the meantime it reduces his squad ahead of tomorrow's League Two game at Colchester.