The Leeds United player may be needed in the coming weeks despite falling out of favour.
Leeds United midfielder Toumani Diagouraga made the starting line-up for Garry Monk’s first Championship match in charge, but a poor showing in a 3-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers did him no favours and he was cast aside soon after.
Since then the 29-year-old has not even made the bench for Leeds in either the league or the EFL Cup, and his time at Elland Road seemed to be coming to an end.
In the meantime Diagouraga was making do with appearances for Leeds’ under-23 side, where he was keeping his head down and performing relatively well alongside the club’s next generation.
However, when the youngsters took to the pitch for their clash with their Sheffield Wednesday counterparts on Tuesday afternoon, Diagouraga was nowhere to be seen.
At first glance that is nothing newsworthy. However, with Leeds struggling for numbers in the centre of the park with Liam Bridcutt still recovering from injury, Eunan O’Kane doubtful and Kalvin Phillips suspended after his red card last time out, it would not be beyond the realms of possibility for Diagouraga to return to the match day squad.
When you also factor in the demands on youngster Ronaldo Vieira, welcoming back a more experienced head available over the busy Christmas and New Year period would be an intelligent move from Monk.
So could the Leeds boss do what Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho did with Bastian Schweinsteiger and bring him in from the cold when all seemed lost?
Leeds fans may not like the comparison with their fierce rivals but there are plenty of similarities, not least the fact that Mourinho understood the need to call on the former German international when numbers were thin for the benefit of his squad.
Then there is the fact that a fit Schweinsteiger is a far better option for any club willing to buy him later on, with the same to be said for Diagouraga.
Like Mourinho, Monk could re-call a player to strengthen his squad in the short term and also make him a more attractive option for targets either in January or at the end of the campaign.
January is a long month and if Leeds ensured Diagouraga was back up to speed for the fixtures ahead, they could sell a somewhat rejuvenated player with the transfer window drawing to a close.