Brentford manager Mark Warburton has told Get West London that Tottenham loanee Alex Pritchard is injured - but will not return to White Hart Lane.
However, Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday means Brentford now lie seventh, three points off a play-off place with just three games left to play.
One big problem against Sheffield Wednesday was that playmaker Alex Pritchard missed the game through injury, having picked up a knock on his calf against Derby County on Saturday.
The 21-year-old is on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, and has hit ten goals and seven assists this term in an impressive spell at Griffin Park.
With a big future at Tottenham still ahead of him, Pritchard is touted for the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino next season - and Warburton told Get West London that whilst Pritchard is injured, he hasn't returned to White Hart Lane for any treatment just yet.
"He’s recovering. He’s with the medical team. Sheffield Wednesday was a couple of days too early," said Warburton. "He stayed with the club. Sometimes with injuries you want to go back and review them. It’s the owning club looking after their asset. They know we look after the players."
Brentford need Pritchard back as soon as possible if they are to break into the top six of the Championship - and with just three games to go, he faces a race against time to return before heading back to Tottenham.