LOANEE Leif Davis will effectively remain a Cherries player until the end of June, ruling out the full-back from competing in his parent club’s final three games.

The left-back joined Cherries on a season-long loan from Premier League Leeds United back in July, going on to make 15 appearances across all competitions as the south coast club completed a return to the top-flight.

Bournemouth Echo: Leif Davis in his final appearance in a Cherries' shirt (Pic: Richard Crease)Leif Davis in his final appearance in a Cherries' shirt (Pic: Richard Crease)

Whilst Davis has not featured since coming off with an injury in the 2-0 win over Derby County back in March, he took part in the post-match celebrations as Cherries clinched promotion against Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth Echo: Leif Davis (second left) waits in the tunnel ahead of Cherries promotion celebrations (Pic: Richard Crease)Leif Davis (second left) waits in the tunnel ahead of Cherries promotion celebrations (Pic: Richard Crease)

It is the second time Davis has achieved promotion, with the Morecambe-born defender lifting the Championship title with Leeds in 2020.

Talksport reported that Davis has since returned to training at Leeds’ Thorp Arch base.

Despite Cherries having no remaining fixtures, Davis is unable to feature in the Whites’ games against Chelsea, Brighton, and Brentford.

That is thanks to rules stating that players can only be recalled from loan spells during active transfer windows.

The technicality hampers a beleaguered Leeds who only have one fit senior full-back at the club.

The Yorkshire outfit are currently third from bottom, with fears of relegation strengthened after defeat away at Arsenal on Sunday.

With Norwich and Watford already confirmed to be relegated, the final spot in the drop-zone looks set to be filled by one of Leeds, Burnley or Everton, whilst Cherries’ local rivals Southampton are not totally out of the picture despite reaching the fabled 40 point mark.

There had been murmurings that Leeds were tempted to recall the 22-year-old back during the January window.

However, then-manager Marcelo Bielsa did not see much virtue to the decision, meaning Davis stayed with Cherries.

With new manager Jesse Marsch now in place, Davis potentially could have had a chance of impressing – if he was eligible.

When the loan deal was originally struck, there was an additional agreement meaning that Cherries held an option to make the transfer permanent.

When asked if he was tempted to bring Davis back next season, head coach Scott Parker remained coy, telling the Daily Echo back in April: “Yeah maybe, there is an option there.

“At this moment it is not at the forefront, but certainly at the end of the season, it’s definitely a discussion.

“I’ll sit down and we’ll have with the recruitment department and work out exactly the way forward with a lot of the players.

“We have a lot of players with options or their contracts are up. So discussions that will hold until the end of the season.”