Preston North End defender Tommy Spurr is likely to see his loan spell at Fleetwood Town cut short, according to the Lancashire Post.

The experienced full-back has sustained a hip injury and hasn’t played for the League One side since September.

Spurr joined Fleetwood on a season-long loan in the summer and played seven games in all competitions before injury struck. He has returned to Preston for recovery and his loan deal looks set to be cancelled.

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Fleetwood boss Joey Barton has said, “He picked up an injury that will probably take some time. Tommy did have that in the background. It has flared up and I will be surprised if he plays for us again”.

He later added, “I don’t know in terms of long-term diagnosis how long he will be out for. It probably puts him into the New Year which means we have to free up that loan space”.

The Cod Army will be disappointed that Spurr hasn’t been able to show what he can do. It was an impressive coup for them in the summer by signing someone who has racked up over 400 career appearances to date,

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Spurr started his career at Sheffield Wednesday and went onto play 211 games for the Owls before joining Doncaster Rovers in 2011. Spells at Blackburn Rovers and Preston have followed for him and he has spent the majority of his career in the Championship.

Spurr’s contract at Preston expires at the end of this season meaning his next career move is anyone’s guess.

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