Norwich boss Peter Grant has confirmed that he wants to extend the loan of Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Smith.
The Blues starlet is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and is not due to return for another two weeks.
Grant is, though, hopeful that the 20-year-old will stay at Carrow Road until the end of the season.
"Chelsea are his club and it's down to them - but we'll assess the situation again," said Grant.
"Hopefully if they feel they don't need to bring him back and they don't feel he has got the games they thought he would after picking up the injury then we might be in a good position.
"The biggest problem is Chelsea. They have the Africa Nations to contend with this year. If they lose five or six players to that competition on top of injuries then they may feel Jimmy is best going back. He's very much part of that group and on the fringes of their first team squad."
Grant is hopeful he will soon have Smith back to full fitness.
"He's been doing all his running at Chelsea. We know he's being looked after by the very best," said Grant.
"They have a treadmill in the water at their training ground designed to aid quicker recovery times. I'd still say he is two to three weeks away from being involved.
"It's difficult to assess ankle injuries because they can feel great and then with all the twisting and turning you get a setback."