Dan Pike has returned to Rovers after injury cut short his loan spell at AFC Fylde.

The full back had been expected to stay with the National League North leaders until January and extend his initial one-month loan stay.

However, with that initial agreement up for renewal, Fylde have revealed that an injury will see the teenager return to Rovers to undergo treatment.

He played four times in all for Jim Bentleys’ side, but missed the weekend game at Alfreton and has since returned to Rovers.

Bentley told his club’s website: “His loan is up, so it would be wrong for us to take him whilst he is injured. Dan will go and get his treatment, and we will see how he gets on. 

“He’s done really well for us. He had some good performances during his time here, and he was good around the club.

“Dan fitted in with the squad really well, and it will certainly be one that we will monitor over the coming weeks, and we could see him play a part again this season.” 

Pike has made the matchday squad for Rovers this season, first featuring back in January at Birmingham City, but is yet to make his senior debut.

He has played twice in Premier League 2 for the Under-23s, having made 19 appearances last term, more than anyone in the squad.