Lee Bowyer refuses to “turn his back” on twisted Birmingham City star Tahith Chong.
The Manchester United youngster is out for five months following surgery on a thigh injury.
With Riley McGree returning to parent club Charlotte in January, the Blues will have lost both of their No.10s.
However, Bowyer is reluctant to end Chong’s loan and simply reallocate the budget to a replacement.
He believes the Blues should support the 21-year-old, but also hopes Manchester United will help them do so. He also once again reiterated his understanding that McGree would not be allowed to extend his loan.
“Not as far as I know. I can’t see it happening, ”said the head coach.
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“There is an agreement between the two clubs for an 18-month contract and it ends in January, then he goes back because the club owns it. It was the deal.
“Chong is absent, so we have to replace him. We are in small numbers since the start of the season. Chong can’t just go and Riley can’t just go and we’re not replacing him.
“All of a sudden we will only have 18 players. All of a sudden we are in big trouble.
“The structure we were working on was an exit, an entry, so we’ll have to see if that’s still the case in January. There will certainly be movement. “
Bowyer admitted the Blues might need United to play ball and help them financially.
“It’s a conversation between the two clubs because Chong is supposed to be here until the end of the season.
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“Both clubs need to make a decision and an agreement regarding this conversation.
“I hope they can come to a deal that works for us and maybe we can use that money somewhere else. That would help.
“With Riley’s return, I hope that this money will be free as well.
“You can’t just cut your ties with him. He’s a big boy who has helped us get a lot of points this season.
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“I don’t just turn my back and say that’s it, wipe it off.
“Hopefully we can come to an agreement with Man Utd, where we can stop the payments until he’s fit and then resume when he’s fit.
“It would be a good thing for us. Then we’ll have Chongy for the last 5/7/10 games, whatever it is. These last games could be important. Look at last year.
“I wouldn’t want to say he’s finished. I would love to see him come back and play for us again, and I think the fans too.
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