Chelsea have recalled right-back Todd Kane midway through his loan spell with Bristol City.
The 21-year-old midfielder joined the Robins in November on a two-month loan deal but has been asked to return two weeks ahead of the completion of the deal.
It is believed that the Stamford Bridge outfit have other plans for the youngster, as they are set to loan him out to Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has confirmed the news of the defenders departure and has admitted that Chelsea's actions have left a "bad taste".
"Todd has been recalled by Chelsea and it has left a bit of a bad taste," Cotterill said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
The manager admitted that he wanted the player to remain with the club for a longer period of time, but agreed that it was Chelsea's prerogative to do as they wish with their player.
"I would have liked the opportunity to keep him for a bit longer, but he is Chelsea's player and they can do whatever they want with him."
"I'll be looking for a suitable replacement, that's for sure, but I'll only bring someone in if I think they are good enough," the Robins boss explained.
Kane made seven appearances during his stay with Bristol City and his last appearance coming in their 1-1 FA Cup draw against Doncaster Rovers.
Meanwhile, Chelsea' World Cup and European Championship winning midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed the best piece of advice he has received during his career has been to remain in a "neutral mood" when on the pitch.
"A piece of advice I have received on several occasions is no matter if you are playing well or badly, always try to have a neutral mood," Fabregas said, as quoted on Chelsea's official site.
"When you are doing well, at the top of your game and winning trophies, do not think: "I'm the best and that's that". And when things are going badly and you are down in the dumps, do not let it get you down," the Spaniard added.