Michael Mancienne has been recalled to parent club Chelsea following a loan spell at Wolves.
The England Under 21 defender, who was included in the senior squad for November's victory in Germany, had been due to stay at Molineux until the end of January after extending his deal last week.
But with Chelsea struggling with injuries, and Brazilian centre-back Alex linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this month, boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has chosen to ask for the youngster to return.
Mancienne is now expected to play some part in Saturday's home FA Cup third-round tie against Southend.
He made 10 appearances for Wolves during his time with the Championship leaders.