PALACE attacker Jason Banton returned to Selhurst Park from loan club Plymouth Argyle last Sunday after Ian Holloway decided to recall him.
The 20-year-old had been in fine form for the Pilgrims in their fight to stay up in League Two, but with the Eagles needing as many bodies available for their Championship run-in, Banton's form could help achieve promotion if called upon.
He made his final appearance in an Argyle shirt from the bench in their defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday before he was told the news he was returning to SE25.
He scored six goals in 14 games for John Sheridan's side and he was recently named the npower League Two Player of the Month for March.
And Sheridan admits Banton will be missed as they look to avoid dropping out of the Football League.
"It's a big loss because he gives us a spark," said the manager.
"He does things other players can't do. It's a blow and I think Jason would like to have stayed, but it's not his decision.
"Credit to him, he's been getting a bit of notice. Palace are not winning games so they've recalled him. He's their player and I respect that. They've helped us out and he's done really well for us.
"Jason's been quality – he's a great lad and I hope he does well."
Meanwhile, on the back of his March award, Banton was delighted to be recognised for his work and paid tribute to Plymouth.
"The team, coaching staff, backroom staff and everyone at the club has contributed to what we are doing, and helped me be able to score the goals," he said. "The recognition is good, but it's not been on my mind since I've been here because we've been trying to stay in the league.
"I'm just glad I've been able to play my part."