West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has told Ishmael Miller he will only be allowed to leave on loan once Peter Odemwingie has returned to fitness.
Miller was set to play for the reserves on Wednesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Chelsea.
That would be his first game since August as a thigh injury has restricted the 23-year-old striker to just one game this season - a substitute appearance in the opening-day defeat at Chelsea.
Miller has been identified as a potential loan target by new Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson, who was Manchester City manager when they sold Miller to the Baggies for £900,000 in January 2008.
But with Odemwingie recovering from treatment on a knee problem, Di Matteo is reluctant to let Miller go just yet.
Mattock waiting too
The Baggies boss has also confirmed left-back Joe Mattock will be granted a short-term loan move once Marek Cech is back in contention.
"I haven't spoken to Sven," Di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail.
"I can imagine that if he is available for a loan period there will be a lot of interest so it wouldn't surprise me.
"Peter's situation has an impact on that. Joe is also a possibility for a loan.
"But Joe has been injured himself and has only been training for a short period, but that would be subject to Marek being available too."
Eriksson has already signed ex-Aston Villa and Man City striker Darius Vassell for Championship strugglers Leicester while taking Villa centre-half Curtis Davies on loan.
The ex-England coach has also put together a shortlist of potential loan strikers which includes Blackburn's former Albion striker Jason Roberts along with Miller.