Norwich City have recalled Jamie Cureton from his loan spell at Championship rivals Barnsley.
Cureton has scored twice in eight appearances since joining Barnsley in November and was due to stay at Oakwell until the end of February.
However, he has been summoned back to Carrow Road and is in line to be in the Norwich squad to face Barnsley on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the veteran striker has expressed his surprise after Norwich sacked manager Glenn Roeder on Wednesday morning following the 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Charlton Athletic.
"I am fairly shocked to be honest," Cureton told Sky Sports News. "I did not really see it coming. I was at the game yesterday and it was not a great game, obviously there was a fairly big crowd and maybe the board feel today is the right time to do it.
"The major problem is probably the squad underperforming," he continued. "I just think lack of form in players is responsible. The boys should be performing a lot better than they have.
"Things have just not been happening and once you get into a bad run of form it is very difficult to get out of it.
"I speak to the players all the time and they find it very hard and they are trying their best to turn things around but it just has not been happening for one reason or another.
"They are very disappointed with the way they have performed and they really feel that as a group of players they should be in a much higher position."
Despite rumours of discontent in the Norwich dressing room, Cureton dismissed suggestions that player unrest led to Roeder's departure.
"No one has really complained as far as I know," he continued. "He is there to make decisions and some people are going to get on and some are not going to get on.
"So that is natural with any manager. I don't think anyone got to the point where there was a real dislike. Everyone just got on with the job."