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LEEDS UNITED defender Alan Maybury has returned to Elland Road after his month's loan spell at First Division outfit Crewe Alexandra expired last weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international has elected to return to the Premiership side after he played his sixth and final game in the 2-0 home victory over Wolves on Saturday.

Maybury feels that he may be given his chance at Leeds, with the current injury crisis afflicting the club, having not previously featured under David O`Leary.

The right-sided defender, who sustained a broken leg at the end of last season, has admitted that there are a couple of clubs interested in signing him.

"There is interest from a couple of clubs," said Maybury. The injury I had last season didn't worry me at all during my games with Crewe. The more games I play the better."

Maybury's decision to return to Yorkshire is a major blow for Alex boss Dario Gradi with both Steve Macauley and Dave Walton currently sidelined with injury and he may look elsewhere for a new loan signing.

Gradi admitted that he was disappointed to see Maybury leave after he impressed during his spell at the Alexandra Stadium.

"He wants to go back to Leeds which is a pity as he's done all right," said Gradi. "I told him I wasn't guaranteeing him a place and if I changed the system I would have put David Wright in front of him, I can only be honest.

"But he said he'd spoken to Eddie Gray and he didn't think it would benefit him any more staying here."