The English-club race for Rangers defender George Edmundson is set to go down to the wire this window after he underwent surgery.
Football Insider revealed on 29 December that Ibrox chiefs had given the green light to the defender, 23, going out on loan in this window.
But sources have told Football Insider a potential move is on hold after Edmundson underwent a hernia operation that will sideline him for up to a month.
Manager Steven Gerrard revealed at his media conference last Friday that the centre-back was facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
That is set to delay his potential departure and may lead to his hopes of a loan move collapsing.
Edmundson has been the subject of interest from a number of Championship and League One clubs in England.
Rangers are keen for the defender to spend the second half of the season at an EFL club to get regular playing time.
He has made only one appearance for the Light Blues this season, in a Europa League qualifier in September.
The defender was handed a seven-game suspension by the Scottish FA for breaching Covid regulations with teammate Jordan Jones.
🎙️ Steven Gerrard has arrived to speak to the media.
🎙️ SG: Katic is moving along nicely, Edmundson has had a small procedure and out 3/4 weeks. Arfield has stepped rehab up well. Roofe should be back full training middle of ext week. Ryan Jack is back with the group training.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 15, 2021
Edmundson, who joined from Oldham Athletic in July 2019, has a Rangers contract that runs until 2022.
At the club’s AGM earlier last month, managing director Stewart Robertson admitted that the player sales would be needed over the next 12 months to balance the books.