Stoke manager Mark Hughes insists the recent injury suffered by Victor Moses will not impact upon any future talks over a permanent deal for the Chelsea winger.
Moses moved to the Britannia Stadium on a season-long loan deal in August 2014 and made 19 Premier League appearances for Stoke before succumbing to a hamstring problem in the 44th minute of the club's 1-1 draw with West Ham on 11 April.
Such an issue is likely to keep the Nigeria international sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, with reports even suggesting he has already returned to Chelsea for treatment following a scan.
Understandably, Moses's latest injury has led to suggestions that Stoke may now revise plans to open negotiations with his parent club in an attempt to bring the player to the Potteries on a full-time basis.
But Hughes claims recent events change nothing and that it is up to Chelsea to decide when to begin talks.
"Because he is an explosive player, the hamstring is always a danger and so he will always be a bit susceptible to those kind of injuries. But that won't affect my thinking on other decisions we make with Victor," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
"He has done well for us this season, but he is a Chelsea player and so they decide on the timing of talks. We will get him back fit and well. He did have a problem with his thigh and they are a notorious injury, but he's had no re-occurrence of that."
Regardless of whether Stoke are successful in their quest to keep Moses beyond the summer, it seems unlikely that he will figure in Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's future plans at Stamford Bridge.
Expectations surrounding the 24-year-old were high following his £9m ($13m) switch from Wigan Athletic in August 2012, yet he has made just 12 top-flight starts for the club and even spent last season in a bit-part role on loan at Liverpool.