Saints face a fight to extend Paul Dummett’s loan deal until the end of the season after the young defender was ordered to return to Newcastle United.
Talented left-back Dummett’s current loan spell at St Mirren ends on Sunday and he has now returned to the English club for an assessment.
Buddies boss Danny Lennon is keen for the Wales Under-21 star to return to Paisley for the rest of the season but, with the Magpies suffering a mounting injury list in defence, the matter may be taken out of his hands.
Lennon said: “Paul is away back down to Newcastle to speak to the people there.
“They want to assess him when his loan deal expires and it’s up on Sunday.
“We’re actively looking to get Paul back up here but Newcastle are short of defenders at the minute.
“Hopefully, we can come to an arrangement.”
Dummett made his debut for Saints back in September, helping them to a 2-0 SPL win over Hearts.
The 21-year-old defender has made a total of 19 appearances during his time in Paisley, scoring twice in the process.
His latest goal came at Tannadice last Sunday, when he netted the opener in a thrilling 4-3 win against Dundee United.
Should Newcastle refuse to allow Dummett to return to St Mirren, it may open the door for Graham Carey to enjoy more starts at left-back.