American midfielder Emerson Hyndman has came back to Bournemouth out of Hibernian by the end of the life threatening loan.
Even the 22-year-old, restricted twice by United States, has made 17 appearances for the Premiership side, all but five of these in the starting XI.
Hyndman, contracted to the Cherries before 2020, said last month that he was keen to give his stay in Easter Road and that the clubs had held discussions.
But Bournemouth are now short of fit central midfielders.
Only Andrew Surman and Jefferson Lerma are available – and the latter is on the brink of a two-match suspension, with received two yellow cards in the Premier League.
Hibs head trainer Neil Lennon was critical of his players after they ended 2018 by losing to Hearts 1-0 because the Scottish Premiership led for the January winter-break.
“We will need to grow our squad, we need some caliber in because that’s what we are lacking at the minute,” he explained.
“Some players are not playing anywhere near as well as they could.”
Lennon singled out strikers Florian Kamberi along with James Maclaren for criticism however in addition has bemoaned the absence of creativity and goal threat from midfield.
Hyndman, who’s only made seven Bournemouth appearances since signing from Fulham in 2016, has scored for Hibs, in a 6-0 win over Hamilton Academical in October.
The American was in his second spell on loan in the top flight, having spent with Rangers in 2017.
Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Josh Campbell has left Easter Road, the 18-year-old linking League One side Airdrieonians on loan before the very close of the summer season.
Campbell recently agreed a new contract with Hibs before 20-22.