Leeds United forward Jay-Roy Grot has been denied a summer transfer after failing to recover from a knee injury sustained in March.
The Premier League club had intended to sell or loan out the Dutch striker in this window ahead of his contract expiring next summer.
But Grot will be remaining on Leeds’ books until January at least due to the complications that have arisen from knee surgery he underwent in the Spring.
The 22-year-old suffered a bacterial infection after undergoing an operation and required further surgery.
He is now rehabilitating but will take many more months to recover full fitness.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Grot is not expected to play again for the rest of the year.
That is a huge blow to the player as well as the clubs around Europe who had been keen to sign him.
There was interest from French, Spanish and Dutch teams earlier in the window in the powerhouse front man but they will now have to wait until the January window.
The 2017 signing from NEC Nijmegen has not played for his parent club since April 2018 after a disappointing debut campaign
He has subsequently spent two seasons back on loan in his native Holland at Eredivisie clubs VVV Venlo and Vitesse Arnhem.
Grot made nine league starts among 25 appearances in all competitions for Vitesse Arnhem last season, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
A forward who spearheads the attack or operates on either flank, the 6ft 3in colossus was even more effective in 2018-19 at VVV-Venlo, scoring six goals and registering three assists from 34 matches.