Perth Glory defender Chris Coyne will rejoin his teammates in time for Saturday's A-League clash against Melbourne Victory after a short spell at Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.
Coyne flew to China on Sunday immediately after Glory's 0-0 draw at home to Sydney FC and will spend three days at the club.
He wants to secure a loan move to Shandong to improve his chances of featuring in Pim Verbeek's Socceroos World Cup squad.
Fellow Glory players Mile Sterjovski and Jacob Burns are also hoping to nail down overseas loans to ensure they remain in contention for a World Cup place.
The A-League season concludes with the grand final on March 20 and Verbeek has made clear he will not consider players unless they are in regular competition just prior to the World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa on June 11.
Glory's new chief executive Paul Kelly said Coyne had travelled to China with the club's blessing and would fly into Melbourne on Thursday in preparation for the match against Victory at Etihad Stadium.
Kelly said the club would not hinder any player trying to enhance their chances of playing at the World Cup.
"It's the greatest event in the world and we can't stand in the way of that," Kelly said today. "It's not an ideal situation but it's what was on the table when these players signed for the club."
Coyne is expected to return to Shandong to start his loan period towards the end of the month and will be absent during a crucial stage of Glory's season.
Glory, currently in sixth place on the table, play their last regular match on February 13 before the finals series, which will feature the top six teams.
Kelly said Glory would benefit over the long term since Coyne, Sterjovski and Burns have another two years to run on their Glory contracts.
Glory have already started the process of recruiting former Scottish Premier League midfielder Steven McGarry. The 30-year-old arrived in Perth last week and has impressed during training.
Kelly said the club already had depth and would also act to cover the absence of players, who secure loans.