BeIN Sports is reporting that Fernando Aristeguieta has returned to FC Nantes and is training with the team. The 23 year old Venezuelan striker has been on loan from the Ligue 1 side to the Philadelphia Union through the end of the year. Union manager Jim Curtin had said recently that the club was trying to extend the loan, and while it's not uncommon for MLS players to train abroad during the offseason, the timing is curious to say the least.
Aristeguieta, the Union's first Young Designated Player, had five goals in 21 games for the club, however he was plagued by injuries during most of the season. Many felt like the Union never got an adequate look at Aristeguieta, as he lost his starting job to a red-hot CJ Sapong in May and was unable to supplant him through most of the season, starting only three games from June until the end of the season.