WREXHAM'S injury-hit squad has been given a boost with the return of Spanish hit-man Juan Ugarte on a month's loan from Crewe.

The Basque striker, who netted 22 times for the Dragons last season after arriving from Spain, has been unable to replicate his form of last season at Championship level, having only made one start for the Cheshire-based side so far this season.

Wrexham had to obtain special permission from the Football League to bring Ugarte in, as the terms of their administration mean they are only allowed to have 20 professionals on the books at any one time but, following the request from the player to go out on loan, this was granted.

There is no indication as yet as to whether the move would become permanent with Crewe boss Dario Gradi indicating his desire for the player to play regular first-team football and find his range in front of goal again.

Dragons boss Denis Smith was understandably delighted with his loan acquisition and told BBC Sport Wales: "I'm pleased to welcome him back. It's for a month at the moment but hopefully it'll be longer.

"Hopefully in the next couple of games he can knock one or two goals in which will give us a good result. "We're then got a home game and hopefully we'll put a few more hundred on the gate and that will be great for us. "We want to progress out of this league this season and hopefully Juan will help us to do that."

Smith will hoping to have Ugarte in the squad and available for action for Saturday's game at Bristol Rovers.