Stoke City's pursuit of Andy Griffin has suffered another setback after an injury to Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson.
The arrival of Djimi Traore at Fratton Park on Thursday had seemingly paved the way for Griffin to complete a permanent exit, and the defender proceeded to hold extensive talks with the Championship side on Thursday night.
However Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has now seen Johnson suffer an injury and is unprepared to let Griffin join The Potters whilst he remains short on defensive options.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis remains hopeful that a £250,000 deal can be completed once Griffin is again deemed surplus to requirements on the South Coast.
"It's a massive disappointment," Pulis told The Sentinel. "But there is nothing we can do about it.
"Andy remains Portsmouth's player and so Harry is entitled to call him back. We have to respect his wishes because we'd do the same.
"We'll have to see what happens next but clearly we remain keen to bring Griff back as soon as possible because we all saw what a success he was before, on and off the pitch."