Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has hinted Albert Adomah's loan at Cardiff City could come to an end on Tuesday.
Bluebirds boss Neil Harris on Saturday said Cardiff and their play-off rivals Nottingham Forest had reached an impasse over whether the player's loan deal would be extended until the end of the season.
Harris was coy on whether Forest playing hardball was down to the fact they are in direct competition with the Bluebirds for play-off places, but criticised the EFL for their lack of leadership on contract sagas as a whole.
Forest fans urged their club to call the player back, even if it was only to weaken the competition, and it now appears Lamouchi could well exercise the right to do just that this week.
"The situation is clear," the Forest boss said after his side's 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
"Albert is a Nottingham Forest player. It was a loan and the club is doing the right to call back the players if they want.
"I am not understanding the problem. Cardiff know everything. We are just talking between smart and clever people to do the right thing for everybody and the club.
"The club decides, not me."
It will come as a blow to the Bluebirds, given the player has featured in every Championship match for Neil Harris since he arrived on deadline day in January.
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Bournemouth this week announced Brad Smith would stay with Cardiff until the end of the season, while Harris also claimed that Wolves had been accommodating with regards to extending Dion Sanderson's deal, saying he is envisaging no problems there.
However, with Adomah's current contract ending on the day the Bluebirds face Charlton - this Tuesday - that might well be the last fans see of him in a City shirt.