Chelsea manager Graham Potter ruled out a January move involving American star Christian Pulisic because of the 24-year-old's knee injury.
Potter explained a midseason loan was never pondered by the club and that there's "no chance" now in part because the player will be sidelined for a couple of months.
"He's disappointed," the manager said. "He's optimistic that he can come back quicker than the two months, so he's in that phase where he's just trying to keep his fingers crossed and hopefully his rehab goes well."
You can't help but wonder if Pulisic would like a mulligan on his transfer to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund. Few would argue he has met expectations at the club.
The managerial turnover at Chelsea hasn't helped.