Dedryck Boyata is back at City after spending four months on loan at Eredivisie side FC Twente.
The Belgian defender could well continue his education at another club in the coming weeks having played just eight games for Steve McLaren’s side.
Jeremy Helan continues to impress at Sheffield Wednesday where his loan has been extended until the end of the month.
Though the French wingback was cup-tied for the Owls’ 0-0 draw with Milton Keynes Dons at the weekend, he played in the 2-0 home loss to Burnley last week – Wednesday’s first loss in four and the Steel City side have seen their fortunes improve dramatically since Helan’s arrival.
Reece Wabara played his 25th game for Oldham as his current spell was due to end last weekend – if it proves to be his last game for Paul Dickov’s side, he left with a bang as Latics beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 in the FA Cup to earn a money-spinning home tie with Liverpool.
Dickov is hoping to extend Wabara’s stay, saying: “The one thing Reece wants to do is stay. He's told us that already. We're hopeful that we can extend it. We have to speak to City in the next couple of days.
“Reece is a big player for us. He's getting stronger and he's getting better with every game. Hopefully we can sort out an extension.”
Academy graduate Adam Drury made his senior debut in Burton Albion’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. The 19-year-old winger joined The Brewers in time for their FA Cup derby tie with the Foxes and will spend the next month with the League 2 side.
Emyr Huws is another player whose loan spell was due to end last weekend. The Wales Under-19 youngster has played 13 times for Northampton Town but not featured for the Cobblers in the past fortnight.
Ryan McGivern picked up a yellow card as Hibs drew 0-0 with Edinburgh rivals Hearts at Tynecastle.
The Northern Ireland full-back’s loan spell is due to expire towards the end of January, but with 15 appearances for the SPL side this season, he will be hoping to extend his stay in the Scottish capital.
Wayne Bridge was impressive for Brighton who saw off Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup while overseas, Omar Elabdellaoui was an unused sub in Feyenoord’s 2-1 win over Groningen while Roque Santa Cruz’s Malaga lost 1-0 to Deportivo.