Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is reportedly set to cancel Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell's loan stint at the Premier League club and send him back to Old Trafford in January.
According to the Telegraph, the manager is going to exercise his option to terminate the loan deal prematurely after the midfielder failed to make an impression in the first six months of his season long loan spell with the Foxes.
Powell, who signed for United in 2012 from Crewe Alexandra, has spent most of his time away from his parent club and before his loan spell with Leicester, he spent the whole of the 2013-14 season with Wigan Athletic, where he had a successful time, but has failed to replicate it in the Premier League.
The Red Devils midfielder has failed to make the last three of the manager's 18-man squads and has made just two appearances as a substitute for the King Power Stadium outfit since signing on-loan at the start of September.
Powell, who has 18 months left on his current deal, will head back to Old Trafford in January, but is most likely to be loaned out yet again to another club in the league or in the Championship.
Reports had suggested that with Louis van Gaal planning yet another summer spree to bring in more experienced and quality players, on-loan United players like Powell, Javier Hernandez and Nani among others will make way and be allowed to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.
Meanwhile, Leicester manager Pearson, who is under an internal investigation by the club for using abusive language during a spat with a fan following the 3-1 loss to Liverpool, has refused to apologise for his actions, as he believes it happened in the heat of the moment.
"I've had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment these things happen," Pearson said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"I'm not going to repeat what happened on either side. I'm very keen to protect my self and my players. I'm more than happy to stand up for myself in that situation."
"If people were offended then that is regrettable. But there is no need to apologise to somebody of that ilk," the Foxes manager added.