Jack Stobbs was back at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday - Port Vale loan spell isn't going as planned

A general view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football...

The Sheffield Wednesday Under-23s captain has only eight appearances since his August move to Port Vale

A general view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football...

Jack Stobbs played for Sheffield Wednesday's Under-23s on Monday, despite being on a season-long loan to Port Vale.

Though it is not uncommon for players loaned out to lower division sides to continue to train with - and indeed, appear for - their parent clubs, Stobbs' presence at Middlewood Road is surely indicative of his lack of action so far for Vale.

The 20-year-old winger has made only eight appearances since his August move to Vale Park, and played 19 minutes of league football since 12 September.

Port Vale caretaker manager Michael Brown looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Port Vale at Sixfields on March 14, 2017 in Northampton, England.

So what's keeping Stobbs out of Vale's first team plans? A managerial changeover certainly hasn't helped, with Michael Brown (yes, that Michael Brown) relieved of his duties the following week. While Vale's over-stocking of loan players (they currently have seven on their books) means two must be left out of every matchday squad, with Stobbs proving a popular omission.

No doubt neither he nor Wednesday will be pleased with the way things have gone for the Owls Under-23s captain down in the Potteries.

And, should the situation continue into the New Year, an early recall could be on the cards. He's practically back as it is.

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