Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo for the January window could have major consequences for their season.
The Reds were expected to be active in the new year, as they searched for the players able to force them into the playoff places, but they will no longer be able to make any additions.
It is a blow for Stuart Pearce to have to deal with, as it means that he will have to cope with what he has in his current squad, but some members of the team may be more pleased with the news than others.
Although Forest's squad will have welcomed the arrival of some more quality, in this piece we take a look at three players who are set to benefit from the transfer embargo, as it provides them with a chance to prove themselves at the City Ground.
The central midfielder has not played a match for Forest since the start of November and has only made six appearances all season.
A fine passer of the ball, who has the ability to dictate play at the Championship, Vaughan remains a valuable asset in the second-tier, but he has slipped down the pecking order at the City Ground.
Forest have a number of options in the central midfield area, but now Pearce has to focus on what he has got, Vaughan may be offered another chance.
The former Blackpool man already has a promotion on his CV from this level and that experience could come in handy as the Reds chase a playoff spot.
The striker had appeared to be heading out on loan last month, but he opted to stay and fight for his place and that decision has been vindicated.
Blackstock may never become a regular starter for the side up front while they have their current wealth of options in forward positions, but he does have a chance of making an impact.
The experienced front-man has started to get some opportunities to impress in recent weeks and now Pearce has no option to bring in another striker he is likely to have a role to play.
Although Paterson seems to have forced his way back into contention more recently, it has taken him a while to impress Pearce.
The young winger was excluded for much of the period of the campaign, but has been in the starting line-up for the side's last two games.
Despite this, his place in the team is far from guaranteed and Forest were reportedly on the hunt for a winger in the new-year.
That could have been a setback for Paterson, but the transfer embargo means his chances of retaining his first-team spot look far better.
He will now be looking to capitalise on that and start showing the form which made him such a success in his first season with the Reds.