Brian Lenihan has returned to Hull City after only appearing in two games for Blackpool during the course of his loan deal, according to the latter club's official website.
Lenihan was brought in as a replacement for the suspended skipper Tony McMahon, who was given his marching orders for an off-the-ball collision with Hugo Rodallega against Fulham. McMahon lost his composure by kicking out, and effectively cost Blackpool all three points when they were in the ascendency at Craven Cottage.
The former Cork City defender Lenihan went straight into the side that lost to Leeds United 3-1 before the international break, and with Blackpool deciding to give five of their new signings their home debut against Bolton on Saturday, Lenihan was given a chance to impress in front of the Bloomfield Road faithful.
Lenihan impressed fans and pundits alike, with strong, but fair, tackles becoming a common sight all game as he helped restrict the amount of chances Bolton had on Joe Lewis's goal. Lenihan also showed how much pace and stamina he possessed as he worked the right flank all day in support of both attack and defence.
Lenihan was expected to be dropped for the away game against Rotherham United this Saturday by Lee Clark in favour of the returning McMahon. This, however, would have been an injustice for the Irish right-back, who did enough to out place the skipper who has been at fault for several of Blackpool conceded goals this year.
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Lenihan has picked up an injury to his knee and has returned to his parent club for full treatment, but should he become available again after his injury Blackpool will certainly be interested.