Hull City are considering recalling in-form striker Matty Fryatt from Sheffield Wednesday amid injury fears in their forward department.
The 27-year-old joined the struggling Championship side at the end of September on a one-month loan, scoring four goal in six starts.
Despite the forward's stay at Hillsborough being extended for another month, the Tigers are contemplating a return to the KC Stadium for Fryatt after news that Sone Aluko will be out until February.
Aluko suffered an Achilles injury and while manager Steve Bruce is yet to utilise the recall clause, his assistant Steve Agnew admits Fryatt's progress in South Yorkshire is being monitored.
"It was important that Matty went out to play some games and score goals," Agnew told the Hull Daily Mail.
"He's done exactly that and it's good to see. It's never easy coming back from such a long time out.
"From our reports where we've had scouts monitoring him at Sheffield Wednesday, he's certainly looking a lot fitter than he was.
"We extended his loan by another month so if we've committed to another month, we'll see that through and see how he goes.
"Will we consider recalling him at the end of his loan? Yes, that's a possibility. Let's just wait and see on that one."
Fryatt made an immediate impact upon joining the Owls, scoring in draws against Brighton and Barnsley before firing a brace in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over Reading, their first and only win of the season to date.
However, the visit of Crystal Palace to the KC Stadium next weekend is first of nine Premier League matches in 38 days for Hull, culminating with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on New Year's Day.
With Aluko ruled out of the festive period, Bruce is left with just Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham to lead the line in what will be a demanding couple of months.