STRIKER Harry Smith remains on loan at Swindon Town but has returned to parent club Millwall this week to deal with personal issues, according to manager David Flitcroft.

Smith appeared to post a farewell message to the club on social media over the weekend, suggesting his season-long loan spell had come to a premature conclusion.

However, although Flitcroft confirmed the 22-year-old is currently back with the Championship side, the Town boss revealed that the terms of the loan are still in place and is hopeful that Smith will return to the County Ground in the near future.

“He’s had a few personal issues that are ongoing,” said Flitcroft.

“We have not really got the resources at the club to support that at the moment, whereas Millwall have.

“I have been in good contact with Neil Harris (Millwall manager), who I get on fantastically well with, and Harry is back there sorting those issues out, they have got the support structure to do that.

“We will see how it goes over the next week to 10 days and see if Harry can come back where he is in a real state to play and move forward with us.

“It’s two managers trying to work out what’s best for a player to get the player in a good place to be able to continue his loan for us.

“Unless the FA confirms it, which they certainly haven’t, then the situation is ongoing.

“If we can get Harry back here in a good place then that’s what we are going to try to do.”

Striker Smith arrived at Town in July after agreeing a season-long switch to the club from the New Den.

Although he made 10 appearances for Swindon over the opening two months of the season, starting opportunities were hard to come by.

Smith has started just two games for Town, the last of those coming back on August 12 in the home clash against Exeter City in League Two.

His most recent appearance for the club was in the 2-0 win over Cambridge United on September 30, in which Smith got his only goal for Town after coming off the bench in the second half.

Meanwhile, fellow loanee Chris Hussey is also set to miss this weekend’s game against Mansfield Town in League Two and the left-back is set to see a specialist to assess his groin injury tomorrow.

Another loan player, midfielder Timi Elsnik, has been monitored by the medical staff at parent club Derby County.

Town are due to train with the Rams tomorrow ahead of their game against Mansfield and Flitcroft hopes to get a better understanding on Elsnik’s availability then.

“Chris is going to see another specialist up in Chesterfield on Friday night and we will have news on that on Saturday,” added the Town manager.

“We have gad good feedback on Timi and we are actually training at Derby tomorrow so we will meet up with their staff and get a real assessment of where Timi is at.

“It would be a bonus. To have him in and around what we are doing will definitely make us stronger.”