Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law says Mansfield Town's decision to recall striker Jake Speight is a blow.
The injury-hit Stags used the 24-hour recall clause to get the on-loan striker back to play in Saturday's League Two game against Oxford United.
"We had just extended the loan from a month to three, so it's a blow." Law told BBC Radio Derby.
Speight scored five goals in six games for the Reds and was not due back at his parent club until late December.
Law added: "We thought he would be with us for the foreseeable future. It's disappointing but what can you do? We will just have to get along without him."
Speight, 28, joined Alfreton in early October and