Swansea City admit David Edgar may have to return to Burnley as the club continue to wait on international clearance from Fifa regarding his loan deal.
Edgar agreed a loan return to the Liberty Stadium before the close of the January transfer window and both the Football Association of Wales and Football League have approved the switch.
However, Fifa has yet to give the move the green light due to a decimal point being put in the wrong place and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins concedes the defender may have to go back to Burnley.
"Everyone, apart from Fifa, is happy that the loan transfer was satisfactorily completed before the deadline," Jenkins told the club's official website.
"We were told there was one decimal point out of place on Burnley's paperwork, a meaningless decimal point, and it has been extremely frustrating ever since trying to get Fifa to approve the loan deal.
"As a football club we feel it's an injustice that when we sign a player from a British club that plays in the same domestic league as us, then only ourselves and Cardiff City have to go through the process of getting international clearance.
"It used to be a fairly simple process between the two associations until Fifa came up with this new online system. It seems to have caused a lot of problems for a number of clubs.
"Despite the fact that both the Football League and FAW are happy to sanction the move, dealing with Fifa has been a nightmare. It's been very hard to get any answers from them - and they are certainly not in any rush to get the matter resolved.
"David Edgar is now in his third week with us and he is still unable to participate in the squad. As a club we feel we can't prolong this much longer and perhaps David may have to go back to Burnley where at least he can play football."