NEWPORT County AFC loan star Josh Sheehan has returned to Swansea City.

The midfielder goes back to his parent club after being ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

A statement released by County said Sheehan had sustained a “long-term” problem but did not go into further detail.

Former Exiles boss Warren Feeney brought Sheehan to Rodney Parade in August and the 21-year-old scored six times in 24 appearances.

His last game was the 2-1 defeat away to Mansfield Town on February 25.

“Josh Sheehan has this week returned to Swansea City AFC to gain medical treatment after sustaining a long-term injury which will rule him out until the end of the season,” said County.

“The club would like to thank Josh for his contribution so far this season and wish him a speedy recovery.

“In addition, we would like to thank Swansea City AFC for the loan of their young talented player, as we continue to work in partnership with the Premier League club.”

The news comes on the same day that the club announced the sacking of manager Graham Westley, with Mike Flynn to take charge until the end of the season.