YORK City boss Jackie McNamara is attempting to bring Huddersfield Town defender Will Boyle back to Bootham Crescent.

Boyle forged a strong centre-back partnership with Dave Winfield during six appearances on loan for the Minstermen before being recalled by the Championship outfit at the turn of the year.

He has since featured as an 89th-minute replacement for the Terriers during a 2-1 defeat at Preston earlier this month, having been an unused substitute during the game before a 3-2 home loss to Cardiff.

But the Garforth-born, 20-year-old has not featured in Huddersfield’s last three matchday squads and it is understood that he could be given permission to return to North Yorkshire on loan again until the end of the season in time to feature in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two home meeting with Luton.

McNamara has been pleased with Kyle Cameron’s central-defensive performances following Boyle’s departure but also reckons the on-loan Newcastle defender is now a candidate for left-back duties having filled that role during Tuesday night’s 2-1 home defeat to Northampton.

The City boss said: “We’re trying to get Will Boyle back for the rest of the season. He did well for us, as has young Kyle, but we’ve got to cover ourselves, as we saw when Femi (Ilesanmi) was out for Tuesday’s game.”

Recovering trio Danny Galbraith (groin), James Berrett (dead leg) and Ilesanmi (hamstring) are all likely to be back in contention for the Hatters clash.

Michael Coulson is set to miss out, though, with McNamara explaining: “He might have done too much too soon following his groin injury and we’ve asked a lot of him during the last four games.

“He’s a bit sore from Tuesday night and we’ve got to be careful so it looks like he will miss out, but he could be OK for Oxford next Tuesday.”

On the challenge presented by an inconsistent, mid-table Luton team, meanwhile, McNamara added: “They play out a little from the back and we will need to be aware of their diagonal balls, but I want us to get on the front foot because we’re a better team when we do that, rather than letting sides come on to us.”