NEC have sent Abdisalam Ibrahim back to Manchester City early after a disappointing loan spell with the Eredivisie club.
Ibrahim moved to Nijmegen on a season-long deal last summer in the hope of playing regularly, but he has struggled to hold down a starting role.
Having made just eight appearances and scored one goal for NEC, the 20-year-old midfielder has now made a premature return to his parent club.
Technical director Carlos Aalbers told NEC's official website: "Abdisalem had it difficult in his role as a reserve.
"It was therefore better for everyone that he would return to Manchester City to get his career back on track."