Norwich cancel De Laet loan

Canaries send injured defender back to Manchester United

Ritchie De Laet: On his way back to Manchester United

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Norwich City have terminated their loan deal for Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet with immediate effect.

The Belgian joined Norwich on a season-long loan deal in the summer, however he has been plagued by injuries which have limited him to just six league appearances.

He last played for the Norfolk club on 27th December in their 2-0 defeat by Tottenham.

The 23-year-old has failed to make an impact at Old Trafford since signing from Stoke in January 2009, being sent on loan to Sheffield United, Preston and Portsmouth before the Canaries.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert told the club's official website: "Ritchie has gone back to Manchester United.

"We thank Sir Alex Ferguson for loaning him to us and wish Ritchie well for the future and hope he goes on to have a successful career at Manchester United."