Bury boss Richie Barker says injury concerns and Shaun Harrad's impressive form led to the forward's recall from a loan spell at Rotherham.
Harrad marked his Shakers return with the equalising goal before Wycombe ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday, having netted three times in eight appearances for the Millers.
"Obviously he had a very successful start to his campaign with Rotherham and it coincided over the last two weeks with losing Lenny (Lenell John-Lewis) and Andy Bishop," said Barker.
"We'd said all along that it wasn't a long-term thing, we were looking to get Shaun games and goals and he got the games and goals. We've unfortunately ended up losing two players as well."
Barker insists that Harrad remains part of his long term plans but maintains he would have been open to a longer loan spell for the 27-year-old under different circumstances.
"Rotherham enquired about the opportunity of keeping him for longer and if at the time when we had everybody fit and we were doing a little bit better than we are then I'd have considered him having another month. It just didn't seem right in the run of form that we're in and we'd lost two vital players - there's no point just keeping lending people out and helping other people out."