Diego Poyet
Diego Poyet returns to East London following MK Dons spellGetty

Diego Poyet has returned to West Ham United following his loan spell at MK Dons, the Premier League side have confirmed. Poyet, 20, joined the Championship strugglers on a season-long loan deal in August, making 20 appearances. In a statement released on their website, MK Dons confirmed West Ham had recalled the player, with manager Karl Robinson regretful his side were unable to provide him with more starts.

"We had a great conversation last week. It didn't really work with him playing alongside [MK Dons midfielder] Darren Potter," Robinson told the club's official website. "They are both top players, everyone knows how important Darren is to us.

"I love developing young players and it's not fair on him as a young player, not getting as many minutes as he would like. He's got every opportunity to be a Premier League player but he needs games and I'm never going to stand in the way of a young player doing that."

Poyet thanked the Dons via his Twitter account, writing: "Thank you to everyone at MK for my loan, I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish the club all the best for the rest of the season."

Poyet featured frequently for the Hammers in the early stages of the club's Europa League campaign in July, but has failed to make an appearance under Slaven Bilic in the Premier League.

The Mirror, however, suggests his spell at Upton Park could be a fleeting one, with Charlton Athletic reportedly ready to offer the player a return to the Valley for the second half of the 2015-16 season.

Poyet began his professional career with the Addicks, coming through the club's academy before making his senior debut in January 2014. The Spanish-born midfielder opted not to renew his contract with the South East London side however, and signed for the Hammers in July 2014.

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