O'Neil called back by Pompey
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The First Division outfit had tied up the loose ends on a deal to retain O'Neil's services at The Bescot Stadium for a further four weeks.
Pompey manager Harry Redknapp was happy for the 20-year-old to accrue first team experience, but inserted a 24-hour recall clause in the loan deal.
Redknapp has activated this clause after his midfield was hit by injury problems although Saddlers boss Colin Lee is hopeful of having O'Neil back in the Midlands.
"Portsmouth have one or two problems at the moment," Lee told the club's official website.
"Therefore they have decided to recall him for the time being but have indicated that we may be able to have him back next week."
Lee has been impressed with the midfielder but, with O'Neil due to represent England at the Under-20 World Championships in November, he did not envisage extending the move beyond a second month.
"He is a lively, energetic performer who has given us a whole new dimension to our play," added Lee.
"I'm sure it won't be long before he gets on the scoresheet for us, but we expect to lose him towards the end of November as he will be skippering the England Under-20 team in the World Youth Tournament."