Marco Silva has been quoted by Leeds Live as saying that Leeds United winger Dan James could return to Elland Road early from his Fulham loan spell – despite not having any conversations with the Wales World Cup man about a return.

James, 25, has managed just three Premier League starts and 10 appearances in total for Fulham since joining the club. He left Leeds in the summer with Jesse Marsch allowing him to go, in order to get game time ahead of the World Cup.

But James is struggling to win that game time. Indeed, he has only produced one goal involvement since the move. An effort against old club Manchester United, during a 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage. He is struggling to make an impact.

Fulham boss Silva spoke after his side’s 2-1 win over Southampton. He says there has been no dialogue over a move back to Leeds in January, with this month representing a chance for the loan to be cut in half. But there is a chance.

“Until now, we didn’t speak about it, about this possibility. When we signed him on loan it was for him to stay the season with us. Of course now, from yesterday the market opened and many things can happen, but no news about it.”

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Silva says Leeds winger could return to Elland Road from Fulham

James is not getting the game time at Fulham that he might have hoped for. He left Leeds to avoid exactly the lack of game time he is getting at Craven Cottage. Leeds have since brought in Italy international Willy Gnonto on the flanks.

Gnonto has been superb of late. Starting games against Manchester City, Newcastle and Tottenham. He also came off the bench against Liverpool and Bournemouth – making an impact. It will come as a big frustration to the Leeds man.

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