Ryan Inniss' loan spell at Port Vale came to an end in disastrous fashion as the teenage defender was stretchered off in their 3-2 win against Coventry City on the weekend.
The centre-back, who had helped his side to four wins from his five games for the Valiants, injured his ankle ligaments after 36 minutes of the contest at the Ricoh Arena having been set to extend his temporary deal until the end of the season after impressing many at Vale Park, but has now returned to Palace for treatment.
In the Championship, Adlene Guedioura's Watford moved level on points with leaders Bournemouth and second-placed Derby County in a four-way lead at the top of the Championship after gaining a 2-2 draw against former club Wolves at Molineux.
The Algerian international once again played the full 90 minutes for the Hornets as they remained level on points with their rivals ahead of them, plus Norwich City in fourth spot, all of whom are on 66 points with 10 games to go.
At the other end of the table Jack Hunt's Rotherham United picked up a crucial three points at Huddersfield Town to pull away from the relegation zone. The full-back helped the Millers keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win against the Terriers, which lifts them nine points clear of the drop zone. Zeki Fryers was an unused substitute in that encounter.
Bolton Wanderers face Blackburn Rovers tonight aiming to continue their mini revival after gaining a 1-1 draw against Reading on Saturday, with Barry Bannan remaining on the field the whole time. That was the seventh appearance the Scot has made since his move to the Macron Stadium, and the point against the Royals follows a win against Brighton and Hove Albion as the Trotters pull away from danger.
Lewis Price was beaten in the 84th minute as Bristol City continued their march towards the League One title by eating the Welshman's Crawley Town side 2-1 at the Broadfield Stadium. No wins in their last three games have seen the Red Devils slip to 23rd in the division, three points away from safety.
Peter Ramage was again missing for Barnsley through injury as they clocked up their fifth successive win against Walsall by a 3-0 margin to get to the brink of the play-off places, and Stephen Dobbie against started on the bench but appeared for the final 13 minutes of Fleetwood Town's 2-1 win at Sheffield United, which also leaves them fighting for a top six spot.
In League Two Sullay Kaikai popped up with an injury time equaliser to clinch a point for Cambridge United at automatic promotion contenders Shrewsbury Town. The winger had only appeared from the bench 10 minutes earlier but his composed finish helped earn the U's a 1-1 draw, but they've only won once in their last 10 outings.
Jerome Binnom-Williams was once again an unused substitute in Southend United's 2-2 draw against third-placed Wycombe Wanderers, but the Shrimpers sit just a place below their opponents but remain five points off an automatic promotion place.