Sheffield United striker Richard Cresswell has returned to Bramall Lane to team up with new boss Chris Morgan's coaching team.
Cresswell, on loan at York since the middle of last month, sustained an Achilles injury during the Minstermen's weekend win at Northampton and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
York boss Nigel Worthington had hoped to keep the 35-year-old, who started his career at Bootham Crescent, until at least after their home against Southend on Saturday.
Morgan said: "Cressy is someone I always planned to recall because we need as many bodies as possible.
"I spoke to Nigel last Thursday and it was agreed Cressy would return after the game at Northampton.
"Unfortunately he picked up a whack on his Achilles and was forced to be substituted.
"He has limped around the training ground (on Monday), but still managed to contribute to the session.
"We aren't sure on the full extent of the damage, but the picture should be clearly after his diagnosis on Wednesday.
"When I recalled him I was keen to have his input and experience on the coaching side, but obviously before the injury I also considered him as a good option to have within the squad."