Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has not ruled out the possibility of Dion Sanderson returning to the Blues before the January transfer window closes.
Bowyer was hit with the hammer-blow this week that Wolverhampton Wanderers were recalling the 212-year-old to Molineux after just half a season with the Championship side.
With Romain Saiss heading off to the African Cup of Nations, Sanderson is needed for cover back at his parent club and could even play for Bruno Lage’s side this month.
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Even if that were the case though, Sanderson could return to St. Andrew’s on loan before the transfer window closes but he would not be able to sign for another team other that Birmingham due to the rule which only allows a player to play for two clubs in a season.
Even though Teden Mengi has arrived from Manchester United, seemingly as Sanderson’s replacement, Bowyer has not given up on Sanderson potentially returning to the Midlands club by the end of January, per Richard Wilford of BBC West Midlands, and that a loan deal between the two sides once again isn’t out of the question.
With Harlee Dean on the transfer list now at the Blues, it was a real shame to see Sanderson depart earlier this week.
It left a big hole in Birmingham’s defence even with Teden Mengi’s arrival and you imagine that Bowyer will be hoping for an early Morocco exit from the AFCON so that Saiss returns early to Wolves.
That would enhance the chances of Sanderson coming back to St. Andrew’s and his development would be served best playing regular football, which is what he’s been doing for the last few months.
If Sanderson spends the second half of the season on the bench at Wolves then that won’t do him any good – but maybe he will get a chance under Lage in the Premier League.