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"He'll have to do something else!" - Mick McCarthy sends Noel Hunt back to Leeds

Leeds United striker Noel Hunt will return to Elland Road after Ipswich terminated his loan early.

After going 20 games without a goal for Leeds United, it always seemed like Noel Hunt would be replaced, especially after his former Reading boss Brian McDermott was sacked by the Whites.

Once Massimo Cellino took over the club, an influx of players from Italy saw the likes of Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara come in to boost the attack, whilst Billy Sharp was also snapped up in a complete overhaul of Leeds' attacking options.

Hunt was frozen out for the majority of the season up until November, when Championship rivals Ipswich Town snapped up the Irishman on loan.

And he showed Leeds that he has something left in the tank, scoring a dramatic late winner against Charlton on his debut to give Ipswich a 1-0 win.

However, the 32-year-old has played just 44 minutes for the Tractor Boys, and with him being unavailable for this weekend's FA Cup clash with Southampton, manager Mick McCarthy has sent him back to Leeds.

"His loan was due up (this coming) Saturday, but with the FA Cup game at Southampton pushed back until the Sunday, he now can't play in that game," he admitted.

"There is nothing in place between the two clubs to extend the deal. There is no agreement there so Noel will have to go back to Leeds and do something else," said McCarthy.

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