Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel's uncertain future could be resolved in May, according to the player's representative Karel Jansen.
The Dutch international is currently on loan in Italy with AC Milan, where he has made just 10 appearances after seeing his progress at the San Siro severely stunted by persistent ankle trouble.
Such injury woes are sadly nothing new for Van Ginkel. Having joined Chelsea permanently from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse in 2013, he managed just two substitute outings for the club in the Premier League before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on his first senior start in English football during a League Cup fixture away to Swindon.
With Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas having developed a durable partnership this season and the likes of Ramires and John Obi Mikel still available to manager Jose Mourinho in reserve, Chelsea are not short of depth in central midfield.
Indeed, in Kurt Zouma, the club may have also stumbled upon another long-term option. While the versatile 20-year-old is a defender by vocation, he has been deployed slightly further forward in an enforcing role for important matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in recent months to great effect.
Van Ginkel is certainly not giving up on his Chelsea career, though, with Jansen hopeful the situation will become much clearer in the coming weeks and confirms his client's ultimate aim is to return to his parent club.
"We don't know yet – his future is unclear at the moment," he told the Guardian. "He is now playing regularly for Milan but we still have to discuss next season with Chelsea. I think it will be decided next month or by the start of the transfer window. But there is no pressure.
"The goal for Marco is to return to Chelsea so we will see what happens. It is all dependable on what they want to do."
AC Milan have suffered a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign to date. Absent from European competition entirely after last season's eighth-place finish, the Rossoneri are currently ninth in Serie A after a goalless draw with fierce rivals Inter on 19 April.
Chelsea, in contrast, are enjoying a fantastic season and are now just two victories away from making sure of their first title in five years and third overall under Mourinho's management following a tense victory over Manchester United.