Alan Tate returns to Swansea City early from Leeds United loan spell
ALAN Tate is back at Swansea City after his loan spell at Leeds United came to an end a week early.
Swansea's long-serving defender is back training with Michael Laudrup's squad after returning to Wales sooner than expected.
The 30-year-old had been due to stay at Leeds until next weekend, and there were suggestions he would then extend his stay until the end of the season.
But Tate, who had been a regular since joining the Elland Road club in November, is back at Swansea having been surprisingly omitted from the 18 when Leeds beat Bristol City last weekend.
Tate played in 11 of the 12 games he was eligible for during his spell at Leeds, and extended his stay when his original loan spell ended at the start of this month.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock sang Tate's praises during his time at the club, and he had been due to remain until January 26.
But he is now back in the Swansea fold and it seems his spell as a Leeds player is over.
"We can't thank Alan enough for his help over the past month, and thanks also to Swansea for allowing him to come here," said Warnock.
"He has returned to Swansea now and we wish him all the best."
Another Swansea defender, Neil Taylor, has reiterated that he hopes to be playing again before the end of the season.
The Wales left-back suffered an horrific ankle injury back in September and Swansea accepted that he may not play again before 2013-14.
But Taylor has fingers crossed that he will see some action before this campaign is out. "If my rehab continues how it's going then I'm hoping that I will," he said. "But I'm not going to put any time limit on anything.
"When I was early on in the injury I sort of set myself targets for here, there and everywhere. But you've just got to take it as it comes.
"At the moment I'm really, really happy with it and just looking forward to getting back out there."
Meanwhile, tickets for Swansea's Premier League trip to West Ham on Saturday, February 2 are now on general sale along with tickets for next Tuesday's trip to Sunderland.
Tickets are also available for the home game with Queens Park Rangers on February 9. See the club website for details of who can buy when.